Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the Isaac Mayo to the U.S. Coast Guard.
“We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger, the Isaac Mayo,, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Florida,” said Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon. “We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Isaac Mayo at the vessel’s commissioning.”
The 154′ Isaac Mayo is the 12th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used 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 vessels 26′ cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer” by senior Coast Guard officials.
The Coast Guard took delivery on Jan. 13, 2015, in Key West and is scheduled to commission the vessel their in March.
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 Isaac Mayo. In the spring of 1879 a raging snowstorm blanketed the shores of the Northeastern U.S. The perilous seas and weather caused a three-masted schooner, the Sarah J. Fort to wreck on the shores of Cape Cod, Mass. Mayo, a junior surfman at Life-Saving Station 7 displayed exemplary character during the disarray as he and his crew faced the storm to rescue the schooner’s sailors. Because of Mayo’s exemplary surfman and leadership skills throughout the challenging rescue, Mayo was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on Nov. 10, 1879.