US Coast Guard receives 17th Fast Response Cutter

American shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards on March 5 delivered the USCGC Donald Horsley, the 17th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard took delivery in Key West, Florida while the commissioning of the vessel is scheduled to take place in May 2016, in Puerto Rico.

The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC DONALD HORSLEY is the 17th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC is based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708 design. It has a flank speed of 28 knots and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.

Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon, said: “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards, the USCGC DONALD HORSLEY, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Puerto Rico. We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Donald Horsley at the vessel’s commissioning.”

Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Donald Horsley. Master Chief Petty Officer Donald H. Horsley was the recipient of the Bronze Star with combat “V” device for his leadership of Division 13 of Coast Guard Squadron One during the Vietnam War.