Bollinger Shipyards Inc. has delivered the Margaret Norvell, the fifth Fast Response Cutter (FRC), to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Chris Bollinger, the Lockport, La., shipyard’s executive vice president of new construction, said the FRC was delivered on-time on March 21 to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla. It will be stationed at USCG Sector Miami.
The 154′ Margaret Norvell is the fifth vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. For the FRC program, Bollinger is using 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 FRCs’ 26′ cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer” by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard is scheduled to commission the vessel in New Orleans in June.
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 Margaret Norvell, who served 41 years with the U.S. Lighthouse Service in Louisiana from 1891 to 1932. Her devotion to duty saved the lives of countless sailors as she vigilantly stood the watch. Norvell served as keeper of both the Port Ponchartrain Light and the West End Light.