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USCGC Joseph Napier (WPC-1115)
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Namesake: Joseph Napier
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Launched: October 20, 2015
Commissioned: January 2015
Status: Trials
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 × Short Range Prosecutor RHIB
Complement: 2 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
L-3 C4ISR suite

USCGC Joseph Napier is a Sentinel-class cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is the fifteenth Sentinel class to be delivered, and the third of six to be assigned to Puerto Rico.[1]

Like her sister ships, she is equipped for coastal security patrols, interdiction of drug and people smugglers, and search and rescue. Like the smaller Marine Protector class she is equipped with a stern launching ramp.[2] The ramp allows the deployment and retrieval of her high speed water-jet powered pursuit boat without first coming to a stop. She is capable of more than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) and armed with a remote controlled 25 millimetres (0.98 in) M242 Bushmaster autocannon; and four crew-served Browning M2 machine guns.


She is named after Joseph Napier, who had commanded a lifeboat station at St. Joseph, Michigan.[3][4][5] Napier was an employee of the United States Lifeboat Service, one of the precursor services that were amalgamated into the Coast Guard.


  1. "Bollinger delivers FRC Joseph Napier". Marine Log. 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2015-10-20. "Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, LA, has delivered the Joseph Napier, the 15th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on October 20, 2015 in Key West, Florida, and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Puerto Rico during January, 2016." 
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MiamiHerald2012-10-18
  3. Connie Braesch (2010-11-08). "Coast Guard Heroes: Joseph Napier". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. "As keeper of the Saint Joseph Life-Saving Station, Station 6, Joseph Napier demonstrated his heroism during multiple rescues as a career lifesaver on the Great Lakes. His gallantry was no more visible than on the day he risked his life and led his crew into gale-force winds to save six souls aboard a stranded vessel." 
  4. Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  5. "U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Will Bear the Name of Great Lakes Sailor". Ohio`s Yesterdays. 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2013-01-10. "There, son Joseph Napier became the city’s harbormaster. In the tradition of his seafaring family, Napier built, owned, and captained Great Lakes vessels. In 1854, the citizens of Chicago presented Napier with a gold watch for leading the daring rescue of the crew of the “Merchant:” during one of the city’s most violent storms." 

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