Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Winslow Griesser.
Winslow W. Griesser, Keeper of the Buffalo Life-Saving Station in New York, was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on February 23, 1901 for his heroic actions during a dramatic rescue on November 21, 1900.
"We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards, the Winslow Griesser, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Puerto Rico," said Bollinger President & CEO, Ben Bordelon. "We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Winslow Griesser at the vessel's commissioning."
To build the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program, Bollinger Shipyards uses a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It 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 FRC has been described as an operational "game changer," by senior Coast Guard officials.
DECEMBER 23, 2015 — Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, LA, today delivered the Winslow Griesser, the 16th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The shipbuilder handed over the vessel in Key West, FL. Commissioning is set to take place in Puerto Rico in March 2016.