On Aug. 24, Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark was commissioned at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla. Paul Clark is the sixth and final Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to be homeported in Miami. The vessel is capable of conducting missions related to search and rescue, coastal security, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, fishery patrols and national defense operations.
The 154′ cutter has a top speed of more than 28 knots, is armed with one remotely-operated 25 mm chain gun and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns and has a crew capacity of up to 25 people. The command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system on the Sentinel-class cutters are fully interoperable with not only the Coast Guard’s existing and future assets, but also those in the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
Each FRC is named after a Coast Guard enlisted hero. Paul Clark was a Coast Guardsman who received the Navy Cross for valorous efforts during an amphibious assault on French Morocco during World War II.