Bollinger Shipyard LLC sent 154’x25 ‘ Harold Miller to the Coast Guard U.S. in Key West, Florida. This is the 161st ship that Bollinger has sent to the U.S. Coast Guard. over a period of 35 years and the 38th Quick Response Cutter was sent to the current program. That Harold Miller is the third of three FRCs to be marketed in Galveston, Texas.
FRC is an operational “game changer”, according to senior Coast Guard officials. FRC is consistently considered and used for broader missions in the Coast Guard and other branches of US armed services because of the success of the platform and the operational reach and capabilities of FRC, including the ability to change and adapt to missions. .
FRC has carried out operations as far as the Marshall Islands – 4,400 nautical miles from its port. FRC has a side speed of 28 knots, a sophisticated C4ISR series (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), and launch launches and recovery paths for 26-foot interceptors, above the cutting boat horizon.
For FRC, which has a 9’6 “draft, Bollinger uses a master craft design that is proven in-service based on Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. The main driving force comes from twin brothers MTU M93L 20V4000 diesel engine, each producing 2,900 hp. “We are very proud to announce the delivery of our newest FRC, especially given the unprecedented time and challenges we face as a nation,” said Bollinger President & C.E.O. Ben Bordelon, in a statement announcing the shipment. “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. “
Rep. US Steve Scalise (R-La.) States, “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 high skills and skills. well-paid jobs, but also through direct and indirect expenditure, generate millions of dollars in economic benefits for the country. I am excited to represent the extraordinary men and women at Bollinger who built these sophisticated ships, and hope to continue the long-standing relationship that Bollinger has with the United States Coast Guard and FRC program. “
Each FRC is named a Coast Guard Hero who differentiates themselves in the task. Harold Miller, Boatwain’s Mate Second Mate, drove the first landing wave on Tulagi Island in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and also made landfall on Japanese troops on Guadalcanal Island. Miller was awarded the Silver Star medal by Admiral Chester Nimitz for his heroic fighting actions.
“Our business is very important, critical and important – for our employees and their families, the men and women who are tasked with floating above cutters and to the countries they swear to protect,” Bordelon said. “President Trump said that ‘economic security is national security,’ and we cannot agree more. Build ships for the U.S. Coast Guard not only providing economic benefits for our employees and territories, but also providing important assets for our nation. “
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