Robert Yered, the fourth vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) recapitalization project, was delivered to the Coast Guard November 17 in Key West, Fla. Robert Yered will be homeported in Miami to support operations in the Seventh Coast Guard District, an area comprised of 1.8 million square nautical miles of ocean ranging from the South Carolina coast to the Caribbean.
To date, three FRCs, Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge and Coast Guard Cutter William Flores have been commissioned into service. All three are homeported in Miami. The Coast Guard plans to acquire 58 FRCs to replace the service’s 110-foot Island Class cutter fleet, which range in age from 20 to 27 years old. Nine FRCs are currently in production at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La. The Coast Guard has eighteen FRCs on contract with the shipyard.
The Sentinel-class FRC project is representative of the Coast Guard’s disciplined approach to rebuild its surface fleet. The FRC uses a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots and a 2,500 hours per year operational employment target. It uses state-of-the-market command, control, communications and computer technology interoperable with the Coast Guard’s existing and future assets, as well as Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense assets.
The cutter’s namesake is Coast Guard Engineman First Class Robert J. Yered. In the early morning hours of February 18, 1968, Yered was standing duty at the United States Army Terminal at Cat Lai, Vietnam, when it was attacked by enemy fire. A barge carrying several hundred tons of mortar ammunition was struck by an enemy rocket and quickly engulfed in flames, threatening to destroy not only three ammunition ships loaded with a combined fifteen thousand tons of explosives, but the terminal itself. Yered, courageously risking his personal safety, exposed himself to enemy fire to help extinguish the flames on the stricken barge. His actions are credited with saving the ammunition ships and the terminal from total destruction. Yered was awarded the Silver Star Medal for heroism, making him one of only 12 Coast Guardsmen to date to receive the award.To learn more about the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter Project, please visit: http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/frc/default.asp