USCG commissions Benjamin Bottoms FRC
The US Coast Guard (USCG) commissioned its 32nd Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC), Benjamin Bottoms, in San Pedro, California, on 1 May.
Benjamin Bottoms is the fourth FRC to be stationed in San Pedro.
The Sentinel-class FRCs feature advanced C4ISR equipment; over-the-horizon boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and seakeeping.
The FRCs can be deployed for missions including drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; SAR; and national defence.
To date, the USCG has ordered 50 FRCs of which 32 are in service.
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