US Coast Guard commissions new fast response cutter Warren Deyampert
The US Coast Guard’s newest cutter, the fast response cutter Warren Deyampert (WPC-1151), was commissioned at Coast Guard Base Boston on 30 March.
Warren Deyampert is the second of six fast response cutters that will be homeported in Boston, serving along the 1st Coast Guard District.
Chief Warrant Officer Lance DeFoggi, assumed command of the cutter during a ceremony presided over by Vice Admiral Kevin Lunday, the Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander.
Born in Attalla, Alabama, the cutter’s namesake joined the Coast Guard at age 19, and served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba during World War II, beginning in August 1941. Deyampert’s primary role was within the food service rating, but he also served as one of the ship’s three rescue swimmers.
Following a torpedo attack on the U.S. Army transport ship Dorchester in North Atlantic waters in February 1943, Deyampert swam in absolute darkness to rescue survivors in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. His efforts affected the rescue of more than 100 crewmembers, many of whom were hypothermic and unable to swim.
Four months later, in June 1943, the Escanaba sank, following an explosion onboard that was believed to be from a torpedo attack. All but two crewmembers were killed in the explosion. Deyampert was posthumously awarded the US Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Purple Heart Medal for his heroic rescue of the Dorchester crew.
The Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) is designed for multiple missions, including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense.
The US Coast Guard has ordered 65 FRCs to replace the 1980s-era Island-class 110-foot patrol boats. The FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; over-the-horizon cutter boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and seakeeping.