Friday, March 8, 2019

New Cutter for San Pedro Bay

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard commissioned the second of four new, California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutters on March 2. The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward will be homeported in Los Angeles-Long Beach.

The four cutters will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which encompasses California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America.

“This cutter is specifically designed to face today’s threats in the maritime domain,” said Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander. “This cutter is faster, goes further and can do more than any other Coast Guard patrol boat.”

The cutters were designed to conduct drug and migrant interdictions, search and rescue and other missions.

“The crew and I are truly honored to serve aboard such a capable platform and we look forward to continuing the Coast Guard's vital missions throughout California and the Pacific," said Lt. Benjamin Davne, the Robert Ward commanding officer.