US Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 27th fast response cutter (FRC), Richard Snyder, in Key West, Florida, Feb. 8, 2018.
According to Coast Guard statement; the cutter will be the first FRC stationed in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and will be commissioned in April.
The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot patrol boats and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. The cutters have improved habitability and seakeeping and over-the-horizon cutter boat launch and recovery from astern or via side davits. Each FRC is 154 feet long, features an endurance of five days and can reach a maximum speed of over 28 knots.