“PATFORSWA receives 2 new Sentinel-class U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters” –LANTAREA

210524-G-N0146-0094 ARABIAN GULF (May 24, 2021) – Fast response cutters USCGC Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) and USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141), and patrol boats USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) and Adak (WPB 1333) transit the Arabian Gulf en route to Bahrain, May 24. Robert Goldman and Charles Moulthrope are the newest additions to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), which is comprised of six 110′ cutters, the Maritime Engagement Team, shore side support personnel, and is the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside of the U.S. playing a key role in supporting Navy security cooperation, maritime security, and maritime infrastructure protection operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Logan Kaczmarek) More Photos here.

Below is a news release reporting the arrival of two Webber class WPCs to their new homeport as they join PATFORSWA.

united states coast guard 
News Release 
U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area

PATFORSWA receives 2 new Sentinel-class U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters 

MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class fast response cutters USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) arrived at their new homeport onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, May 25.

The FRCs are two of six planned to be attached to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, forward-deployed to Bahrain with Commander, Task Force 55. They will replace the existing Coast Guard Island-class patrol boats USCGC Aquidneck (WPB 1309) and USCGC Adak (WPB 1333).

“These crews have shown that they are more than ready for the mission at hand in this region through numerous successful engagements with partner maritime forces during port visits and bilateral exercises,” said Capt. Willie Carmichael, commander of PATFORSWA. “I am extremely proud of the high performance they have displayed during their transit to Bahrain.”

Aquidneck and Adak are set to decommission in Bahrain later this year and are being replaced as part of the Integrated Deepwater System Program, the Coast Guard’s 25-year program to replace most of the branch’s equipment. The IDSP plans to have 64 fast response cutters, with Charles Moulthrope and Robert Goodman being the 41st and 42nd, commissioned into service on Jan. 21 and Mar. 12, respectively.

The FRCs are designed to patrol coastal regions and perform expeditionary operations.

They feature advanced command, control, and communications systems and improved surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. They are also capable of launching and recovering small boats from the stern.

“The addition of the FRCs to our task force has been highly anticipated, and the team here is excited to work with these outstanding crews,” said Capt. Christopher Gilbertson, commander of Destroyer Squadron 50 and CTF 55. “The advanced capabilities of these cutters greatly enhances our ability to provide high-end support to regional and coalition partners throughout the area of operations.

”PATFORSWA, attached to CTF 55, comprises six patrol vessels, shoreside mission support personnel, and the Maritime Engagement Team. They play a crucial role in maritime security, maritime infrastructure protection, and theater security cooperation in the region. The unit also supports other U.S. Coast Guard deployable specialized forces operating throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

CTF 55 operates in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, supporting naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce.

3 thoughts on ““PATFORSWA receives 2 new Sentinel-class U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters” –LANTAREA

  1. The third Webber class FRC bound for Bahrain is to be commissioned this week in Fort Macon NC.
    Below is a LANT AREA news release:

    Coast Guard to commission 44th Fast Response Cutter

    WHO: Adm. Linda Fagan, vice commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, and team
    WHAT: Commissioning of USCGC Glen Harris (WPC 1144)
    WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2021
    WHERE: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon
    2301 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, N.C. 28512

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard will commission the USCGC Glen Harris (WPC 1144), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia’s third Sentinel-class cutter, into service at Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon, Friday at 10 a.m. EST.

    Due to COVID mitigation, in-person attendance is limited.

    Adm. Linda Fagan, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will preside over the ceremony. Ms. Stacey Howley is the ship’s sponsor.

    The cutter’s namesake is Chief Petty Officer Glen Livingston Harris, a native of North Carolina. He acted as a landing craft coxswain during the landing of Tulagi, which took place Aug. 7-9, 1942, during World War II. Along with three other U.S. Coast Guard coxswains, Harris landed the first U.S. Marines on Tulagi and, over the next three days of conflict, made repeated trips under heavy enemy fire to deliver ammunition and other supplies to U.S. forces. In September of the same year, he landed against forces at Taivu Point, Guadalcanal Island, thereby materially contributing to the enemy’s eventual defeat. Harris was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry by Adm. Chester Nimitz.

    The Glen Harris was officially delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard on April 22 in Key West, Florida. It is the 44th Sentinel-class fast response cutter.

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