Media Advisory: First New England-based Fast Response Cutter to commission in Boston

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Media Advisory: First New England-based Fast Response Cutter to commission in Boston

Editors' Note: Media interested in attending the ship’s commissioning are requested to RSVP with no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday.

BOSTON  — Coast Guard Cutter William Chadwick (WPC-1150) is scheduled to commission in Boston on Thursday. The Coast Guard's newest cutter was accepted by the Coast Guard on August 4, and will be the first of six Fast Response Cutters homeported in Boston.

WHO: Admiral Steven Poulin, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, and Lt. Cmdr. Tyler Kelley, commanding officer of the William Chadwick. Direct descendants of William Chadwick will also be in attendance.


WHAT: Commissioning of USCGC William Chadwick. 


WHEN: Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. Media are requested to arrive by 9:30 a.m. to clear security and be escorted to the event.


WHERE: Coast Guard Base Boston, 427 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109


The Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) is designed for multiple missions, including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. The Coast Guard has ordered 65 FRCs to replace the 1980s-era Island-class 110-foot patrol boats. The FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; over the horizon cutter boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and seakeeping.


Born in Dover, New Jersey, the cutter’s namesake was a keeper of the Green Island Lifeboat Station in New Jersey and recipient of the Congressional Gold Lifesaving Medal for his rescue of the crew of the schooner George Taulane on Feb. 3, 1880. Chadwick remained keeper of Green Island Station until his retirement in August 1886.