The U.S. Coast Guard Saturday commissioned a new 154-foot Fast Response Cutter that will be home-ported at the Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach.
The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward is the second of four Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters scheduled to be based in the L.A.-Long Beach area, Coast Guard officials said.
Ward was a Coast Guard hero who served as coxswain of a landing craft on France’s Cotentin Peninsula during the invasion of Normandy during World War II and rescued two stranded boat crews in the face of a heavily fortified enemy assault, officials said.
“This cutter is specifically designed to face today’s threats in the maritime domain,” Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander said during a commissioning ceremony in San Francisco. “This cutter is faster, goes further and can do more than any other Coast Guard patrol boat.”
The 154-foot-long ships are designed for drug and migrant interdictions, security operations at ports, waterways and coastal areas, search and rescue and national defense missions, officials said.
The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots, accommodate a crew of 24 with a range of 2,500 miles and can patrol up to five days, they said.
The four based in Southern California will operate along the California coast and international waters off of Mexico and Central America, officials said.