LOCKPORT, La., Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC NATHAN BRUCKENTHAL, the 28thFast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard.The
Coast Guard took delivery on the 29th of March, 2018 in Key West, Florida.The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for July, 2018 in Washington
We are proud to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC NATHAN BRUCKENTHAL,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O.
“This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the second FRC to be stationed in Atlantic Beach, NC.Previous cutters have been stationed
around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. FRCs already in commission have protected our country by seizing tons of narcotics, interdicted
thousands of illegal aliens and saved hundreds of lives.The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed
all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard
cutters that will serve our Nation for decades to come. We are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built by Louisiana craftsmen
here at Bollinger Shipyards are having such a major impact on our country’s safety and security.”
The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC NATHAN BRUCKENTHAL is the 28th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.The FRC has been described
as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. To build the FRC, Bollinger 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.
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 Nathan Bruckenthal. In April 2004 while serving aboard USS Firebolt, Bruckenthal was killed in the line of duty while conducting maritime
intercept operations in the North Arabian Gulf. For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy Bruckenthal
was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”.Petty Officer 3rd Class Bruckenthal was also posthumously awarded the Purple
Heart and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Bollinger Shipyards LLC (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of
fast military patrol boats, ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways
push boats, barges, and other steel and aluminum products from its new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 10 shipyards and all are strategically
located throughout Louisiana with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the
largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region.