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Fri Feb 12, 2021, 08:21 AM

Coast Guard receives new Guam-bound cutter

Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Coast Guard received its newest Sentinel-class fast response cutter, the Coast Guard Cutter Frederick Hatch, from Bollinger Shipyards in Key West, Fla., Thursday.

According to the Coast Guard, the Frederick Hatch will be the third FRC stationed in Guam, and will arrive in Santa Rita during the summer.

"The fast response cutters in the Pacific are a game changer for the Coast Guard," said Cmdr. Josh Empen, deputy sector commander, Coast Guard Sector Guam. "Frederick Hatch will be the third fast response cutter in Guam, joining the Coast Guard Cutters Myrtle Hazard and Oliver Henry who have already saved mariners in distress at sea, intercepted narcotics, and boarded several vessels to deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Oceania. These cutters are conducting longer missions over greater distances than the older patrol boats they are replacing."

The Frederick Hatch, which will support a crew of 24, was placed in commission, special status, and will remain in Florida while the crew completes pre-commissioning trials and maintenance.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/02/11/Coast-Guard-receives-new-Guam-bound-cutter/5931613088482/

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