New Coast Guard Vessel Named After Chatham Hero

The Coast Guard Cutter Webber, the Coast Guard's first Sentinel Class patrol boat, arrives at Coast Guard Sector Miami Feb. 9, 2012. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal.

The Coast Guard’s first Sentinel Class patrol boat, the Webber, arrived at Coast Guard Sector Miami on Thursday.

The new cutter is named after Coast Guard hero Bernard C. Webber, a coxswain of motor lifeboat CG-365000 from Station Chatham, Massachusett. Webber and his crew rescued 32 men on February 18, 1952, from the stricken tanker SS Pendleton during a nor’easter that swept New England.

Portrait of Boatswain's Mate First Class Bernard Webber in 1952. Official USCG Photo.

The 154’ Webber is a Fast Response Cutter and will be able to deploy independently to conduct missions such as ports, waterways, and coastal security, fishery patrols, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, search and rescue, and national defense operations along the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.

The Webber is capable of speeds of 28-plus knots, armed with 1 stabilized, remotely operated 25 mm chain gun and 4 crew-served .50 caliber machine guns, and crew capabilities to hold 24 people. It will be able to perform independently for a minimum of 5 days at sea, and be underway for 2,500 hours per year.

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