MIAMI – Coast Guard Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District Commander, led a ceremony Friday to commission the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, the fourth Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter, at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.
The Yered, homeported in Miami, is 154’ long, has a beam of 25’, and a maximum sustained speed of more than 28 knots. The Robert Yered is armed with a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns.
Coast Guard Cutter Robert Robert J. Yered was an engine specialist in the United States Coast Guard who was awarded a Silver Star for heroic action during the War in Vietnam. Engineman Robert Yered was a member of the explosive loading detail at the United States Army Terminal, Cat Lai, Vietnam. On the morning of Feb.18, 1968, the terminal was attacked by enemy rocket, mortar and small arms fire. With the terminal on fire and barges dangerously close to exploding, Yered courageously exposed himself to enemy gunfire as he helped extinguish fires. His bravery averted not only the destruction of his own ship, but also that of the entire terminal.
Also participating in the ceremony were Lt. Paul Stepler, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered and Lt. Mario Gil, executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered along with other Coast Guard senior officers; Lori Geddis, daughter of Robert Yered and cutter sponsor; and federal, state and local officials, along with Coast Guard Vietnam Veterans.
The Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters, according to the Coast Guard, are designed to conduct maritime drug interdiction, alien migrant interdiction, search and rescue, national defense, homeland security, living marine resources and other Coast Guard missions. This class of patrol boat is capable of deploying independently to execute Coast Guard missions and prevent potential threats from approaching our shores and offers vastly improved capabilities over the aging 110-foot Island class patrol boats it replaces. The Fast Response Cutter is part of the Coast Guard’s layered approach to maritime security that includes the National Security Cutter and the Offshore Patrol Cutter.