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USCGC Donald Horsley
Coast Guard commissions 17th fast response cutter, USCGC Donald Horsley, in San Juan, Puerto Rico -a
Commissioning Donald Horsley.
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Name: Donald Horsley
Namesake: Donald Horsley
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Launched: March 5, 2016
Acquired: March 5, 2016[1]
Commissioned: May 20, 2016[2]
Homeport: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Identification: WPC-1117
Status: in active service, as of 2019
General characteristics
Class & type: Sentinel-class cutter
Displacement: 353 long tons (359 t)
Length: 46.8 m (154 ft)
Beam: 8.11 m (26.6 ft)
Depth: 2.9 m (9.5 ft)
  • 2 × 4,300 kW (5,800 shp)
  • 1 × 75 kW (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
  • 5 days, 2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
  • Designed to be on patrol 2,500 hours per year
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × Cutter Boat - Over the Horizon OTH-IV
Complement: 4 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
L-3 C4ISR suite

USCGC Donald Horsley (WPC-1117) is the United States Coast Guard's 17th Sentinel-class cutter. She was commissioned on May 20, 2016.[2][3] She was the fifth of a cohort of six FRCs home-ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


In 2010, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles "Skip" W. Bowen, the U.S. Coast Guard's senior enlisted person at the time, lobbied for the new Sentinel-class cutters to be named after enlisted Coast Guardsmen, or personnel from its precursor services, who had distinguished themselves by their heroism.[4][5][6] Donald R. Horsley rose to the rank of Master Chief, retiring with eleven service stripes, indicating 44 years of service. He served in three wars, and received multiple awards for valor.[7][8]


  1. "Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 17th Fast Response Cutter". United States Coast Guard. 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Coast Guard commissions Cutter Donald Horsley in San Juan". Coast Guard News. 2016-05-20. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  3. Ricardo Castrodad (2016-05-20). "Coast Guard commissions 17th fast response cutter, USCGC Donald Horsley, in San Juan, Puerto Rico". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2016-07-14. "The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley salutes as the ship is brought to life during its commissioning at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico May 20, 2016. The Donald Horsley is the Coast Guard's 17th Sentinel Class fast response cutter and the fifth of its kind to be homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico." 
  4. Susan Schept (2010-03-22). "Enlisted heroes honored". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2013-02-01. "After the passing of several well-known Coast Guard heroes last year, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles “Skip” Bowen mentioned in his blog that the Coast Guard does not do enough to honor its fallen heroes." 
  5. Connie Braesch. "Coast Guard Heroes: Heriberto Hernandez". United States Coast Guard. 
  6. "Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Unveils Names of FRCs 16-25". US Coast Guard. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2016-12-15. "The Coast Guard recently announced the names of 10 Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters (WPCs 1116-1125) through a series of posts on its official blog, the Coast Guard Compass. Like the first 15 ships in the class, each ship will honor a Coast Guard enlisted hero." 
  7. "Donald R. Horsley". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  8. William Preston. "Heroic and Notable Coast Guard CPOs". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2016-07-14. "The 11 service stripes on the left sleeve of his uniform symbolized a Coast Guard career of more than 44 years, practically all of them spent at sea." 

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