Second fast response cutter launched

The U.S. Coast Guard’s second 154-foot fast response cutter, the Richard Etheridge, was launched at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., yesterday. This marks a significant milestone in the Coast Guard’s acquisition of the Sentinel-class patrol boats, which will replace the service’s legacy 110-foot patrol boats. You can see the launch play out in the photos below.

While in the water, the vessel will undergo a series of tests and evaluations prior to its planned delivery early next year. The launch is one of many steps in the construction process, leading to sea trials and crew training later this year and, eventually, the commissioning of the vessel and commencement of its Coast Guard operations.

To see photos of the first fast response cutter, Bernard C. Webber, which was launched in April 2011, click here. To learn more about the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class fast response cutters have been named for, click here, or you can keep up on the latest news on fast response cutters here.

Richard Etheridge is shown exiting the fabrication shop on the way to the pier where the launch will occur. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Richard Etheridge is shown exiting the fabrication shop on the way to the pier where the launch will occur. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Richard Etheridge will be capable of reaching speeds in excess of 28 knots and is designed to independently conduct many missions, including port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Richard Etheridge will be capable of reaching speeds in excess of 28 knots and is designed to independently conduct many missions, including port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Richard Etheridge is shown being lowered into the water. The Etheridge is a Sentinel-class patrol boat and is equipped with a stern launch ramp that allows the vessel to deploy its cutter boat in a wide range of sea conditions. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Richard Etheridge is shown being lowered into the water. The Etheridge is a Sentinel-class patrol boat and is equipped with a stern launch ramp that allows the vessel to deploy its cutter boat in a wide range of sea conditions. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Now that the Etheridge was successfully launched, the 24-person crew assigned to the ship will conduct additional testing and evaluation prior to its commissioning in 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Now that the Etheridge was successfully launched, the 24-person crew assigned to the ship will conduct additional testing and evaluation prior to its commissioning in 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Richard Etheridge will be homeported in Miami and will primarily perform missions to save lives, enforce U.S. and international maritime law and ensure security in the Coast Guard’s 7th District off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Richard Etheridge will be homeported in Miami and will primarily perform missions to save lives, enforce U.S. and international maritime law and ensure security in the Coast Guard’s 7th District off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

With the launch of the Richard Etheridge, the Coast Guard's first two Sentinel-class fast response cutters have been placed in the water. The first fast response cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, is in the foreground. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

With the launch of the Richard Etheridge, the Coast Guard’s first two Sentinel-class fast response cutters have been placed in the water. The first fast response cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, is in the foreground. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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  • Jbocreekdog

    WOO Hoo  2 New boats in the water! Now if we could get caught up on the other 235 ships and boats we have contracted for the USCG Will be up to date. We are still using boats/Cutters from WW1 and WW2 for example my spelling is off but the Akushnit is a cutter that we still have in service and i belive it was a WW2 Navy vessel. This update is well needed. Thank you Bollinger Ship yard
    BM3 Miller

  • http://twitter.com/Kamododragoon Nick Chaleunphone

    Nice two boats in the water and now, many more to go. Now if we can do a one for one, which would mean for every one we put into service, one retires on the same day. Saving us money and time.

  • Kathleen Nelson

    Thanks to the US taxpayers! If anyone wants to know why we pay taxes, this is a great example. Great for the USCG and great for the shipbuilders and their community. Looks like a win-win! Now, onto outdated bridges, buildings, roads, schools,,,,,,! The list is nearly endless regarding the needs of the country, and government money infused in this projects is what will take us out of the recession for good. Check the facts about the tax rates, and you will find that today we are paying the lowest tax rates since the 1950′s under Eisenhower. The cuts over the last 60 years have brought us to the point of collapse and we need new REVENUE, not just cuts, to get the economy moving. People working and people and companies spending money that will create more jobs, not giving a larger percentage of the income of the richest back as tax-breaks! Good luck to the CG and may this be the beginning of the investment of tax dollars to get the economy back on track.

  • Xando

    Awesome…….

  • Rusty

    Cool

  • Doug Jackson

    Jbocreekdog,

    The USCGC Acushnet was just decomissioned on March 11 of this year. She was 67 years old. Some of the museums in Maine and elsewhere in New England are interested in the Acushnet becomming a floating museum. I’m familiar with the Acushnet having served out of Humboldt Bay in the 1990′s.

  • Loubeta

    WOW !! , Very nice,154′r  ,wish I was 20 again,and still in the Coast Guard!!,by the way, anyone know where the 44391 is/was last !! .That was one of my favorites,I helped turned it to Show Boat condition in 1975,of course my 41347,was a beauty also !!!{ } *former SAR Boat ENG.(Still a Coasty @60)@roadr:twitter pss. anyone know where’s ?? AJ Boatner CMST(retired) is@??,lost contact in 1995,last Heard,ANTARCTICA Tour Research ,please contact,ok,,Thanx Lou