LOCKPORT, La. – Bollinger Shipyards sent a quick response (FRC) Harold Miller to the US Coast Guard in Key West, Florida, on April 2, the company said in a release.
The cutter is the 161st ship that Bollinger has sent to the US Coast Guard for 35 years and the 38th FRC is sent on the current program. Harold Miller is the third of three FRCs to be marketed in Galveston, Texas.
“We are very proud to announce our newest FRC shipment, especially given the unprecedented time and challenges we face as a nation,” said Ben Bordelon, president and CEO of Bollinger.
“For this reason, I want to commend the toughness and dedication of more than 600 men and women who, in addition to the threat of a global pandemic, continue to work safely and efficiently to build and deliver exceptional high-performance cutters to strengthen the US. national security at a time when our nation desperately needs us. ”
“While providing the United States Coast Guard with highly capable and affordable assets, the FRC Bollinger program also provides exceptional benefits for the state of Louisiana, not only through highly skilled and highly paid jobs, but also through direct and indirect expenditure, generating millions dollars of economic benefits for the country, “Rep said. Steve Scalise (R-La.).
Each FRC is named a Coast Guard Hero who differentiates themselves in the task. Harold Miller, a classmate of a boat crew, drove the first wave of landing on Tulagi Island in the Pacific Theater during World War II and made landfall against Japanese forces on Guadalcanal Island. Miller was awarded the Silver Star by Admiral Chester Nimitz for his heroic fighting actions.
FRC is an operational game-changer, according to senior Coast Guard officials. This class is consistently considered and used for broader missions within the Coast Guard and other branches of our armed services due to the success of the platform and the range and operational capabilities of the expanded FRC, including the ability to change and adapt to the mission.
FRC has carried out operations as far as the Marshall Islands – traveling 4,400 nautical miles from its port. Measuring 154 feet, the FRCs have a wing speed of 28 knots, advanced commands, controls, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance suites, and stern launches and restoration for 26-foot high roads, aboard the -horizon interceptor cutting boat.
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