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24th fast response cutter delivered to Coast Guard

The Oliver Berry is the 24th Fast Response Cutter to be delivered to the service and will homeport in Honolulu.

PETER DRISCOLL/COAST GUARD

By MIKE HILL | The Houma Courier (Tribune News Service) | Published: July 9, 2017

Lockport-based Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC Oliver Berry, the 24th fast response cutter, to the U.S. Coast Guard on June 27 in Key West, Florida.

The 154-foot patrol craft's commissioning is scheduled for October in Honolulu, Hawaii, the company said.

"This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the first to be stationed at U.S. Coast Guard District 14 in Honolulu," Bollinger President and C.E.O. Ben Bordelon said in a new release.

Fast response cutters already in the mid-Atlantic and the southeastern U.S. have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives, he said.

Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cape May, New Jersey; and Ketchikan, Alaska, the company said.

Bollinger said the cutter 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 fast response cutter is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty.

Berry, a distinguished expert mechanic on Coast Guard aircraft, was lead instructor at the first U.S. military helicopter training unit established in 1946. He received a letter of commendation from the commandant, Adm. Joseph F. Farley, for his contribution to a 1946 rescue of airliner crash victims in Newfoundland, which required the rapid dismantling, air transport and reassembly of Coast Guard helicopters.

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