Coast Guard launches first fast response cutter

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Earlier today, the first of the Coast Guard’s fast response cutters, Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, entered the water  and now sits pier-side in Lockport, La.

The initial entry of the new cutter into water marks the beginning of its journey towards operating in support of vital missions throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, including port, waterways and coastal security, fishery patrols, search and rescue and national defense.

It took a total of three days to get the 154-foot Bernard C. Webber from the fabrication shop to the water. You can see the process play out in the photos below.

To keep up on the latest news on Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber click here. To learn more about the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for, click here.

The total evolution to move Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber took three days.  Here, Webber is shown exiting the fabrication shop on the way to the pier where the launch will occur. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
The total evolution to move Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber took three days. Here, Webber is shown on day one, exiting the fabrication shop on the way to the pier where the launch will occur. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
On day 2 of 3, Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C.  Webber was towed across Highway 308 in Lockport, La to the pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
On day two of three, Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber was towed across Highway 308 in Lockport, La to the pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber arrives pierside and prepares to be attached to the crane. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber arrives pierside and prepares to be attached to the crane. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
After careful coordination and preparation of the rigging, Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber is aloft. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
After careful coordination and preparation of the rigging, Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber is aloft. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber settles into the water with the rigging attached.  For the first part of the launch the cutter was kept rigged while the an inspection took place.  If everything is satisfactory, the rigging is detached. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber settles into the water with the rigging attached. For the first part of the launch the cutter was kept rigged while the an inspection took place. If everything is satisfactory, the rigging is detached. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
The lead Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, enters the water for the first time on April 21, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
The lead Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, enters the water for the first time on April 21, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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