Fast response cutter Clarence Sutphin delivered to US Coast Guard

USCGC Clarence Sutphin Jr, the US Coast Guard's 47th Sentinel-class cutter (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

The US Coast Guard has taken delivery of its 47th Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) from Bollinger Shipyards of Louisiana.

The future USCGC Clarence Sutphin Jr. will be deployed to Manama, Bahrain, alongside five other FRCs as part of the coast guard’s Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA).

The cutter honours Boatswain’s Mate First Class Clarence Sutphin, a US Coast Guard sailor who was decorated for actions during World War II.

The vessel has a length of 154 feet (46.9 metres), a flank speed of 28 knots, a state-of-the-art C4ISR suite (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance), and a stern launch and recovery ramp for a 26-foot (7.92-metre) over-the-horizon interceptor cutter boat.

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