USCGC Clarence Sutphin in Key West, Florida. Photo: Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Delivers Final Bahrain-Bound Fast Response Cutter to U.S. Coast Guard

Mike Schuler
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January 6, 2022

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the sixth and final Bahrain-bound Fast Response Cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The USCGC Clarence Sutphin is the last of six FRCs to be home-ported in Manama, Bahrain, in support of the Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest overseas presence outside the United States. The cutter also marks the 170th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 47th Fast Response Cutter delivered under the current program.

The FRCs are replacing the Coast Guard’s aging 110’ Island Class Patrol Boats, built by Bollinger Shipyards 30 years ago.

“Ensuring that the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard have the most state-of-the-art, advanced vessels as they work to build and maintain the necessary regional alliances to ensure maritime security in the region is a top priority,” said Bollinger President & C.E.O. Ben Bordelon. “Bollinger is proud to continue enhancing and supporting the U.S. Coast Guard’s operational presence in the Middle East and ensuring it remains the preferred partner around the world.”

Earlier this year at the commissioning ceremony of the USCGC Charles Moulthrope, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz lauded the “enhanced seakeeping” capabilities of the Bahrain-bound FRCs, saying “these ships are truly going to be game changing in their new theater of operations” and “offer increased opportunities for integrated joint operations with our Navy and Marine Corps colleagues.”

PATFORSWA is composed of six cutters, shoreside support personnel, and the Maritime Engagement Team. The unit’s mission is to train, organize, equip, support and deploy combat-ready Coast Guard Forces in support of U.S. Central Command and national security objectives. PATFORSWA works with Naval Forces Central Command in furthering their goals “to conduct persistent maritime operations” to forward U.S. interests, deter and counter disruptive countries, defeat violent extremism and strengthen partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote a secure maritime environment.

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