Bollinger Delivers USCGC Edgar Culbertson, the 37th Fast-Response Boat

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LOCKPORT, La. — Bollinger Shipyards deliv­ered the USCGC Edgar Culbertson, the 37th fast-response cutter (FRC), to the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 6 in Key West, Florida, the com­pa­ny said in a release. 

Each FRC is named for an enlist­ed Coast Guard hero who dis­tin­guished him­self or her­self in the line of duty. The Culbertson is named after the boatswain’s mate first class petty offi­cer who died in the line of duty while trying to rescue three teenage broth­ers during a fierce storm in Duluth, Minnesota, in April 1967. Culbertson was posthu­mous­ly award­ed the Coast Guard Medal for his brav­ery and hero­ism. 

“We are very pleased to announce the latest FRC deliv­ery,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s pres­i­dent and CEO. ”The USCGC Edgar Culbertson is the second of three fast-response cut­ters to be home-ported in Galveston, Texas. The indus­tri­al base of over 600 local men and women at Bollinger con­struct­ing these high-qual­i­ty ves­sels have con­sis­tent­ly deliv­ered over half of the pro­gram of record to date, with the high­est qual­i­ty, on sched­ule and within budget.” 

“While pro­vid­ing the United States Coast Guard with an extreme­ly capa­ble and afford­able asset, the Bollinger FRC pro­gram also pro­vides tremen­dous ben­e­fits to … Louisiana, not only through highly skilled and well-paying jobs, but also through its direct and indi­rect spend­ing, result­ing in mil­lions of dol­lars of eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits to the state,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R‑La.) said. 

The 154-foot Sentinel-class has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the-art com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­put­er tech­nol­o­gy and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat. 

Senior Coast Guard offi­cials have described the FRC as an oper­a­tional “game-chang­er.” The cut­ters have been deployed as far as 4,400 nau­ti­cal miles from home­port, high­light­ing the FRC’s oper­a­tional reach and capa­bil­i­ty. 

Source: Seapower

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