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USCGC Donald Horsley (WPC-1117)
Coast Guard commissions 17th fast response cutter, USCGC Donald Horsley, in San Juan, Puerto Rico -a.jpg
Commissioning Donald Horsley.
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Name: USCGC Donald Horsley (WPC-1117)
Namesake: Donald Horsley
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Launched: March 5, 2015
Commissioned: May 5, 2016
Homeport: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Status: in active service, as of 2016
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 kilowatts (5,800 shp)
  • 1 × 75 kilowatts (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
  • 5 days, 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
  • Designed to be on patrol 2,500 hours per year
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × Short Range Prosecutor RHIB
Complement: 2 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
L-3 C4ISR suite

The USCGC Donald Horsley (WPC-1117) is the United States Coast Guard's 17th sentinel class cutter. She was commissioned on May 20, 2016.[1] She is the fifth of a cohort of six to be 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.[2] 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.[3][4]


  1. 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." 
  2. Connie Braesch. "Coast Guard Heroes: Heriberto Hernandez". United States Coast Guard. 
  3. "Donald R. Horsley". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  4. 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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