The following is text of a news release from Bollinger Shipyards:
(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards has delivered USCGC Daniel Tarr, the 36th fast response cutter (FRC), to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on Nov. 7 in Key West, Fla.
Daniel Tarr is the first of three fast response cutters to be home-ported in Galveston, Texas. It will be joined by cutters Edgar Culbertson and Harold Miller. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for January 2020 in Galveston.
"FRCs already in commission have protected our country by seizing multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved hundreds of lives," said Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon. "The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our nation for decades to come. We are extremely proud that Bollinger has built more than 175 patrol boats. This includes the USCG Island class, USCG Marine Protector class, USN Cyclone class and USCG Sentinel-class fast response cutters.”
The 154-foot Sentinel-class Daniel Tarr has a flank speed of 28 knots, the latest command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer” by senior Coast Guard officials. Recently, the Coast Guard deployed FRC 1124, Oliver Berry, from Hawaii across the Pacific to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The 4,400-nautical-mile trip marked the farthest deployment of an FRC to date. This trip showcases the expanded operational reach and capability that the FRC provides.
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 Daniel Tarr. The surfman was awarded a Silver Star by Adm. Chester Nimitz for his combat actions during the invasion of Guadalcanal. He participated in the first wave landings at Tulagi Island. Tarr distinguished himself by gallantry and intrepidity in action during the landings. His bravery and actions were in keeping with the finest traditions of the Coast Guard.