Another vessel has joined the ranks and earned the title “Coast Guard cutter.” However this isn’t just any cutter, it’s a fast response cutter. At 154-feet long, the ship has an impressive array of capabilities, including sustained speeds of more than 28 knots and an armament of a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four, crew-served .50-caliber machine guns. But more impressive than its technology, more impressive than its features, is the cutter’s namesake – Richard Etheridge.
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Cutter Richard Etheridge at builder’s trials in Grand Isle, La., earlier this week. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Richard Ball. Written by Lt. j.g. James Ellsworth, executive officer of Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge. The notion of a cutter or ship sponsor is deeply rooted in naval tradition, with a woman selected