Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the CHARLES SEXTON, the eighth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.
The announcement was made by Bollinger President, Chris Bollinger, “We are very pleased to announce another successful on-time and on-budget FRC delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard. The CHARLES SEXTON was delivered to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, FL, and will be stationed at USCG Sector Key West. We are all looking forward to the vessel’s upcoming commissioning, as well as honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Charles Sexton.”
The 154 foot patrol craft CHARLES SEXTON is the eighth vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards 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 December 10, 2013 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during March of 2014.
Press Release, December 11, 2013