U.S. Coast Guard Receives New Fast Response Cutter
Bollinger Shipyards delivered USCGC Richard Snyder, the 27th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on Feb. 8, 2018 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for April, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, NC.
The 154 foot patrol craft is the 27th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. It was built using an 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 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 Richard Snyder. On May 27, 1944 as U.S. forces attacked Biak Island, at the western end of Papua, New Guinea, Snyder was serving as a member of Navy Beach Party Number Six when members of a landing party were subject to severe hand grenade bombardment from Japanese troops. By his initiative and resourceful fighting qualities under fire, he defeated the enemy resistance and made possible the expeditious landing of vital material without casualty. For gallantry in action during the amphibious assault, Snyder was awarded the Silver Star.