USCG commissions 20th Sentinel-class fast response cutter Lawrence Lawson

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has commissioned its Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC), Lawrence Lawson, at its base in Cape May, New Jersey.

USCGC Lawrence Lawson is 20th cutter built by Bollinger Shipyards, under the USCG's Sentinel-class FRC programme.

This cutter is christened after Lawrence O. Lawson, who led the rescue of 18 crewmembers from the foundering steam vessel Calumet on 28 November 1889.

After two failed attempts to fire a rescue line in icy conditions, Lawson launched a surfboat and led his crew, composed of Northwestern University students, on three trips through the breakers to fully evacuate the crew of the ship, USCG stated.

Lawson was honoured with the Gold Lifesaving Medal on 17 October 1890.

Lawrence Lawson commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Joseph Rizzo said: "I know Capt. Lawson is looking down and while I am sure he is humbled by this honor. I know he is so proud that his name and spirit will be continuing to carry out the Coast Guard's all-important maritime safety and security missions."

The 154ft-long patrol craft boasts flank speed of 28 knots and also features command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26ft-long cutter boat.

The Lawrence Lawson and crew are homeported in Cape May, where they will perform a variety of missions along the Mid-Atlantic coast such as law enforcement, search and rescue and protect America’s infrastructure from New Jersey to North Carolina, according to USCG.

The USCG took delivery of the vessel in October last year.

Image: US Coast Guard cutter Lawrence Lawson during the commissioning ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Johnson.