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U.S. Coast Guard base in Cape May gets new cutter

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:21 am

CAPE MAY — Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC Angela McShan, the 35th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), to the U.S. Coast Guard on Aug. 1 in Key West, Fla.

The Angela McShan will join the cutters Rollin Fritch and Lawrence Lawson to be homeported in Cape May.

“Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation, including Alaska and Hawaii,” Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon said. “We are extremely proud that the delivery of the FRC-35 marks the 175th patrol boat built by Bollinger Shipyards. This includes the USCG Island Class, USCG Marine Protector Class, USN Cyclone Class and USCG Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters.”

The 154-foot Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat. The vessel’s commissioning is set for October in Cape May.

Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished himself or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Angela McShan. MCPO McShan was a pioneer for women and African Americans. She was the first African American woman to be promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer. She served over two decades with great devotion and is remembered as an exemplary leader and professional. She inspired the many she trained, and has been described as a positive, kind and motivational person. MCPO McShan was a stellar performer, mentor teacher and inspirational leader. The Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award was established in her memory. 

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