FRC Raymond Evans Joins US Coast Guard Fleet
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the Raymond Evans, the tenth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.
The announcement was made by Bollinger President, Chris Bollinger. “We are extremely proud to announce the delivery of the RAYMOND EVANS, the latest FRC built by Bollinger, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, FL. The RAYMOND EVANS, as well as the previous nine FRC deliveries were proudly delivered on time and on budget. We look forward to the vessel’s commissioning, honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Commander Raymond Evans.”
The 154 foot patrol craft Raymond Evans is the tenth vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has 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 FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.
The Coast Guard took delivery on June 25, 2014 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during September, 2014.
Press Release, June 27, 2014; Image: Bollinger