Bollinger delivers eighth Fast-Response Cutter to U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Fast-Response Cutter
Bollinger delivers eighth Fast-Response Cutter to U.S. Coast Guard (Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)
Jed Lipinski, | The Times-Picayune By Jed Lipinski, | The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune
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on December 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM, updated December 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

LOCKPORT - Bollinger Shipyards Inc. has delivered its eighth Fast-Response Cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard. Chris Bollinger, executive vice president of new construction, says the 154-foot patrol craft is the eighth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. It boasts a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26-foot cutter boat.

The vessel was delivered to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla., where the Coast Guard expects to commission it in March 2014.  

The vessel is named after Petty Officer Charles W. Sexton, who received the Coast Guard Medal for extraordinary heroism. On Jan. 11, 1991, Sexton came to the aid of fishermen aboard the Sea King, a trawler. When the trawler rolled without warning, Sexton and two fishermen became trapped in the pilothouse and went down with the boat.