(LOCKPORT, La.) – Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC William Chadwick to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 176th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 50th fast response cutter (FRC) delivered under the current program.
“It’s incredibly meaningful that we could deliver the 50th FRC, the USCGC William Chadwick, on the Coast Guard’s 232nd birthday and that she’ll be home-ported in Sector Boston, the birthplace of the Coast Guard,” said Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon. “Pound for pound, the quality and capabilities of the FRC platform (are) unmatched and can be looked upon as a model government acquisition program. Our unique experience building for the Coast Guard is unparalleled and has shown time and time again that we can successfully deliver the highest quality vessels on a reliable, aggressive production schedule and cost, even in the most challenging circumstances. We look forward to continuing our historic partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.”
USCGC Chadwick will be the first of six FRCs to be home-ported in Sector Boston, which is known as the birthplace of the Coast Guard. The sector is responsible for coastal safety, security and environmental protection from the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border southward to Plymouth, Mass., out to 200 nm offshore. Sector Boston directs over 1,500 active duty, reserve and auxiliary members whose mission is to protect and secure vital infrastructure, rescue mariners in peril at sea, enforce federal law, maintain navigable waterways and respond to all hazards impacting the maritime transportation system and coastal region.
Earlier this year, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2022, which included a $130 million increase for an additional FRC, continuing the program beyond the current 64-vessel program of record. This is the second time Congress has added FRCs beyond the original 58-vessel program of record.
Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished themselves in the line of duty. William P. Chadwick served as keeper of the Green Island Lifeboat Station in New Jersey and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for the rescue of the crew of the schooner George Taulane on Feb. 3, 1880. Even after suffering a debilitating injury from flying debris, Chadwick directed the repeated efforts to save the crew of the broken Taulane as they battled high winds, heavy rains and dangerous surf. Finally, after five and a half hours, Chadwick’s men were able to erect a breeches buoy. Within a half-hour all the Taulane’s crew were safely ashore.
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