USCG receives 25th FRC Jacob Poroo in Florida

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has received the 25th fast response cutter (FRC), Jacob Poroo, in Key West, Florida.

Said to be the second FRC stationed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jacob Poroo is planned to be commissioned this fall.

Replacing the conventional 110ft patrol boats, the latest FRCs have been designed to carry out multiple missions, including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; search and rescue; and defense readiness.

With a beam of 25ft, endurance for five days and a top speed of more than 28 knots, the 154ft long cutters feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.

Other features include improved habitability and seakeeping; and over-the-horizon cutter boat launch and recovery from astern or through side davits.

The Coast Guard has ordered 38 of the 58 FRCs planned and 23 are already in service.

One in Pascagoula, Mississippi; two in Ketchikan, Alaska; two in Cape May, New Jersey; six in Miami; six in Key West, Florida; and six in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The new Coast Guard patrol boat FRC is capable of deploying independently to conduct missions such as port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense.