New United States Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter

This new generation of Coast Guard Cutters is pretty Bad-Ass!

Fast Response Cutter – Sentinel Class

Artist Rendering of the Fast Response Cutter – Sentinel Class. (Courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.)
The Coast Guard was conceived in 1787, when America’s first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, wrote “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at entrances to our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of our laws.”

The Fast Response Cutter (FRC), a new generation of Coast Guard patrol boats, will continue the Coast Guard’s long history of protecting America’s citizens, assets and interests at home and abroad. The first FRC will be named the Coast Guard Cutter Sentinel, with the official class designation as the “Sentinel” class. Learn more about the FRC

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U.S. Coast Guard Participated in Keel Laying Ceremony for first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter

The U.S. Coast Guard participated in a keel laying ceremony for the first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Friday, April 9, at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La.

Sentinel Class Patrol Boat : Project Description

The Sentinel Class patrol boat project will deliver vital capability to the Coast Guard, helping to meet the service’s need for additional patrol boats. The current patrol boat gap hinders the Coast Guard’s ability to successfully and efficiently complete all potential missions, and this critical FRC acquisition will help address these identified needs.


The Sentinel Class patrol boat will be 154 feet long, capable of speeds of 28 plus knots, armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns, and crew capabilities to hold 22 people. It will be able to perform independently for a minimum of 5 days at sea, and be underway for 2,500 hours per year.

The C4ISR systems on the Sentinel Class patrol boat will be fully interoperable with not only the Coast Guard’s existing and future assets, but those of our partners in the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Class name:  “Sentinel” Class
Quantity: up to 34 cutters
Manufacturer: Bollinger Shipyards Inc.
Parent Craft Designer: Damen
Classification:  American Bureau of Shipping High-Speed Naval Craft Guide
Length: 154 feet
Beam: 25.4 feet
Displacement: 353 metric tons
Speed: 28+ knots
Endurance:  5 days
Sea Keeping: Conduct all missions thru SS4.  Survive thru SS6.
Crew:  22 (2 officers, 20 enlisted)
Armament: one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun; four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns
DOD and DHS Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Equipment
Service Life:  20 years
First Delivery Date: Late 2010 (Q1 FY

3 thoughts on “New United States Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter

    1. Um… “28 + knots” is correct. A “knot” is a term for one nautical mile per hour, meaning it can go 28+ nautical miles an hour… “28 a lot” doesn’t make much sense. “LOL’ing right back at you”. I hope you’re enjoying the Army.


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