Shipyard Delivers Latest Coast Guard Cutter

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier, a fast response cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier, a fast response cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Lockport-Based Bollinger Shipyards delivered its latest patrol boat this week to the Coast Guard, company officials said Wednesday.

The Bailey Barco is the 22nd in a $1.5 billion contract of 32 Fast Response Cutters the shipyard is building for the Coast Guard. In May, the company received a contract for 26 more of the ships, which will keep 800 employees busy into 2020.

The Coast Guard took delivery of the boat Tuesday in Key West, Fla., and is scheduled to commission it in Ketchikan, Alaska, in June, Ben Bordelon, Bollinger president and CEO, said in a news release.

The boats are used to patrol U.S. waters and have seized tons of drugs, saved lives in rescue missions and worked to prevent illegal immigration, officials said.

The 154-foot boat is part of the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class program. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Cape May, N.J.

The cutter has a top speed of 28 knots, or 32 mph, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology and a stern launch system for the 26-foot boat on board.

Each cutter is named for an enlisted Coast Guardsman who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Barco, who was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on Oct. 7, 1901, for his heroic action to rescue the crew of the Jennie Hall, a schooner that had been grounded during a winter storm off Virginia Beach, Va.

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