Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC ROBERT WARD, the 30th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 21st of August, 2018 in Key West, Florida.
“We are proud to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC ROBERT WARD,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This will be the second of four FRC’s to be stationed in San Pedro, CA. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for February, 2019 in California. Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. FRCs already in commission have protected our country by seizing multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved hundreds of lives. The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our Nation for decades to come. We are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built by Louisiana craftsmen here at Bollinger Shipyards are having such a major impact on our country’s safety and security.”
The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC ROBERT WARD is the 30th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. Recently, the Coast Guard deployed the FRC 1124, OLIVER BERRY from Hawaii across the Pacific to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The 4,400 nautical mile trip marked the furthest deployment of an FRC to date. This trip showcases the hugely expanded operational reach and capability that the FRC provides. 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 over 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat.
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 Robert Ward. During the invasion of Normandy, Ward served as coxswain of a landing craft in the landing operations against the enemy on Cotentin Peninsula. Robert Ward was awarded the Silver Star for his conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy during landing operations despite continued shelling and mortar fire.