Lockport-based Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC Joseph Tezanos, the 18th Fast Response Cutter, to the U.S. Coast Guard today in Key West, Fla.
"The fleet of FRCs already in commission have more than proven their worth with tons of narcotics seized, thousands of illegal aliens interdicted and many lives saved. We at Bollinger Shipyards are looking forward to hearing of the heroic exploits of the Joseph Tezanos as it joins the Coast Guard's operational fleet," Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon said in a news release.
The 154-foot patrol craft is part of the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program, which replaced the Coast Guard Island Class cutters that Bollinger built over three decades ago.
To build the FRC, Bollinger said it used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel's 26-foot cutter boat.
The Coast Guard is scheduled to commission the vessel in Puerto Rico in August.
In May, Bollinger Shipyards was awarded a new contract to build 26 cutters for the Coast Guard during phase two of the Sentinel Class program.
Bollinger Shipyards has built more than 130 Coast Guard vessels over the past 30 years. Since 2008, the company has won more than $1.4 billion in contracts for 30 Fast-Response Cutters. The company also has built gambling boats, dredgers and support vessels for the remotely operated vehicles used for deepwater projects, as well as tugs.
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 Joseph Tezanos, who was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal for distinguished heroism while leading the rescue of more than 40 injured service members following the explosion of a Navy LST in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1944.