Bollinger Shipyards delivered the 11th Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard today named WILLIAM TRUMP. Her commissioning is planned for early January in Key West, Florida.
The 154-foot Sentinel-class FRCs are based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708 design and have a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat.
Bollinger notes, 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 U.S. Coast Guard Motor Machinist’s Mate First Class William Trump who earned a silver star for valor in action during the assault phase of the landing at Normandy during WWII.
Trump served aboard Landing Craft Infantry 90 and according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times, he volunteered to set the anchor line ashore on Omaha Beach to give the troops that his vessel was carrying a route for them to follow into the fight. He successfully accomplished his mission and narrowly escaped death when an enemy bullet dented his helmet.
Trump retired from the Coast Guard in 1965 and went on to work aboard oil tankers.