Coast Guard accepts delivery of newest cutter, the Edgar Culbertson
By KEITH MAGILL | The Houma Courier | Published: February 11, 2020
Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana, has delivered its latest cutter to the Coast Guard, officials said this week.
The Edgar Culbertson was received Thursday by the Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. It will later be based in Galveston, Texas.
It is the 37th of 56 Fast Response Cutters delivered under a contract that started in 2008. Each cutter costs about $65 million, and the entire program will cost the Coast Guard more than $3.7 billion, federal records show.
"The Edgar Culbertson is the second of three Fast Response Cutters to be home-ported in Galveston," Ben Bordelon, Bollinger president and CEO, said in a news release. "The industrial base of over 600 local men and women at Bollinger constructing these high-quality vessels have consistently delivered over half of the program of record to date with the highest quality, on schedule and within budget."
Overall, Bollinger has built more than 175 Coast Guard patrol boats, including Island Class, Marine Protector Class, Cyclone Class and Sentinel Class Fast Response cutters.
The latest ship's namesake was a boatswain's mate first class who died while trying to rescue three teenage brothers during a fierce storm in Duluth, Minn, in April 1967. Culbertson was awarded the Coast Guard Medal for his bravery and heroism.
The Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter has been used for coastal security, fishery patrols, search and rescue, border patrol and national defense. In 2018, the cutters helped save 21 lives and confiscate 14,200 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $191.3 million, according to the Coast Guard.
The 154-foot cutters carry a crew of 24, are armed with four .50-caliber machine guns and can travel at up to 28 knots or 32 mph.
"While providing the United States Coast Guard with an extremely capable and affordable asset, the Bollinger FRC program also provides tremendous benefits to the state of Louisiana, not only through highly-skilled and well-paying jobs but also through its direct and indirect spending, resulting in millions of dollars of economic benefits to the state," said U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie.