MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard scheduled to commission first California-based Fast Response Cutter in San Pedro

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Coast Guard scheduled to commission first California-based Fast Response Cutter in San Pedro


Editors' Note: Media attending this event must RSVP with the Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment Los Angeles-Long Beach personnel at (310) 781-0619 no later than 9:00 a.m. Thursday. All media must have government-issued identification and media credentials to gain access to the Catalina Express Terminal. Entry to the terminal will be allowed to media on the day of the event at 10:00 a.m.


WHO: Rear Adm. Peter W. Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander, Lt. Graham S. Sherman, the Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour commanding officer.

WHAT: The first California-based Fast Response Cutter, the Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour, is scheduled to be commissioned in San Pedro.

WHEN: Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Catalina Express Terminal, Berth 95 San Pedro, CA 90731


SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to commission the first California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter in San Pedro, Thursday.

The Forrest Rednour is the first of four Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters (FRC) to be homeported at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach.


Three additional FRCs are scheduled to be commissioned by summer of 2019. While these ships will be based in San Pedro, they will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America.  


FRC’s are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue.


To date, the Coast Guard has accepted delivery of 31 FRCs. Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative.


FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters.


FRCs are named in honor of Coast Guard enlisted leaders, trailblazers and heroes. The four California-based FRCs are scheduled to be:


  • Forrest Rednour (WPC-1129) - Rednour aided in the rescue of 133 people during the sinking of the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, Feb. 3, 1943. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions. Rednour lost his life in the sinking of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba in June 1943.
  • Robert Ward (WPC-1130) - Ward operated beach-landing boats during the Normandy invasion. He landed his craft on the Cotentin Peninsula and rescued two stranded boat crews in the face of a heavily fortified enemy assault. 
  • Terrell Horne III (WPC-1131) – Horne was murdered by suspected drug smugglers who intentionally rammed the boat he and fellow Coast Guardsmen were aboard during law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast in December 2012. Horne pushed one of his shipmates out of the way of the oncoming vessel attack and sustained fatal injuries.
  • Benjamin Bottoms (WPC-1132) – Bottoms was part the Coast Guard aircrew that rescued an Army aircrew from a downed B-17 off the west coast of Greenland in 1942. Bottoms and the pilot conducted the first landing of a cutter plane on an icecap and commenced a two-day rescue over a rugged arctic terrain that required multiple flights. During the second day of rescue operations, radio contact with Bottoms’ plane was lost and he was declared missing in action.  

More information on Coast Guard FRCs can be found at: