The Coast Guard’s lead Fast Response Cutter (FRC), Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber (WPC 1101), was certified “Ready for Sea” (RFS) Tuesday, April 24, by Capt. Chris Scraba, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Miami.
RFS certification signifies that the crew, the cutter and its associated systems possess the minimum capabilities to get underway for extended periods of time, safely manage major emergencies at sea and effectively conduct follow-on training, testing and evaluation. RFS evaluations occur for both newly-delivered cutters and cutters that are coming out of extended non-operational or maintenance periods. Webber’s crew will now prepare for the cutter’s Ready for Operations (RFO) assessment and continue post-delivery training activities.
Among the criteria used by the Sector commander to certify Bernard C. Webber ready for sea was a review of the cutter’s performance during Coast Guard’s Special Emergency Operations and Procedures (SEOPS) training and observations conducted during three underway periods.
Bernard C. Webber was commissioned April 14, 2012, at a ceremony in its homeport of Miami, Fla. The namesake of the Bernard C. Webber was a motor lifeboat coxswain from Station Chatham, Massachusetts. Webber and his crew of three rescued 32 of 33 crew members from the stricken tanker Pendleton during a horrific storm off the coast of Massachusetts on Feb. 18, 1952. Two more FRCs, Richard Etheridge and William R. Flores, will be commissioned later this year. Both will be homeported in Miami with Bernard C. Webber.
To learn more about the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter Project, please visit: http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/sentinel/