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US Coast Guard Receives fifty fifth Sentinel-Class Cutter

The US Coast Guard has obtained the Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Melvin Bell (WPC-1155) from shipbuilding firm Bollinger in Key West, Florida.

The fast-response cutter is anticipated to conduct a number of missions, starting from drug and migrant interdiction to go looking and rescue and nationwide protection operations.

WPC-1155 is the fifty fifth Sentinel-class cutter delivered to the coast guard by the shipyard, which started supplying the category again in 2011.

The ship will probably be homeported on the coast guard’s Sector Boston in Massachusetts, the place it is going to be part of 5 different Sentinel-class ships. Lieutenant Patrick Kelly will function its commanding officer.

Melvin Bell’s Important Function

The ship will support its homeport in coastal security, safety, and environmental safety from the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border southward to Plymouth, out to 200 nautical miles (230 miles/370 kilometers) offshore.

Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon confused the significance of the ship to the coast guard’s ongoing maritime operations within the area.

“We’re assured that pound for pound, the standard and capabilities of the FRC platform are unmatched and that this vessel will outperform its mission necessities and expectations within the difficult situations the place it is going to function within the North Atlantic,” he mentioned.

“Our distinctive expertise constructing for the Coast Guard is unparalleled and has proven time and time once more that we efficiently ship the very best high quality vessels on a dependable, aggressive manufacturing schedule. We look ahead to persevering with our historic partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.”