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USCGC Kathleen Moore
USCGC Kathleen Moore (WPC 1109).jpg
Kathleen Moore, underway.
Career (United States) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Name: Kathleen Moore
Namesake: Kathleen Moore
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Launched: March 28, 2014
Acquired: March 28, 2014[1]
Commissioned: May 10, 2014[2]
Homeport: Key West, Florida
Identification: WPC-1109
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 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Endurance: 5 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × Short Range Prosecutor RHIB
Complement: 2 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
L-3 C4ISR suite

USCGC Kathleen Moore is the ninth Sentinel-class cutter by Bollinger shipyards delivered to the United States Coast Guard.[3] She was delivered to the Coast Guard, for pre-commissioning testing, on March 28, 2014.[1]

The first six cutters are home-ported in Miami, Florida.[4] The second six cutters, including Kathleen Moore, will be home-ported in Key West, Florida. The 58 cutters will replace the Island-class cutters, and together with the smaller Marine Protector-class cutters, will perform the Coast Guard's main offshore patrol duties.


The Sentinel-class cutters were designed to replace the shorter 110-foot (34 m) Island class.[5] Kathleen Moore is with a remote-control 25 mm (0.98 in) Bushmaster autocannon and four, crew-served M2HB .50-caliber machine guns. The ship has a bow thruster for maneuvering in crowded anchorages and channels. Kathleen Moore also has small underwater fins for coping with the rolling and pitching caused by large waves. The class is equipped with a stern launching ramp, like the Marine Protector class and the eight failed expanded Island-class cutters. The cutter has a complement of twenty-two crew members. Like the Marine Protector class, and the cancelled extended Island-class cutters, the Sentinel-class cutters deploy the Short Range Prosecutor rigid-hulled inflatable boat (SRP or RHIB) in rescues and interceptions.[6] According to Marine Log, modifications to the Coast Guard vessels from the Stan 4708 design include an increase in speed from 23 to 28 knots (43 to 52 km/h; 26 to 32 mph), fixed-pitch rather than variable-pitch propellers, stern launch capability, and watertight bulkheads.[7]

Kathleen Moore has an overall length of 153 feet 6 inches (46.79 m), a beam of 25 feet (7.6 m), and a displacement of 325 long tons (330 t; 364 short tons). Kathleen Moore's draft is 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m) and the ship has a maximum speed of over 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph). The Sentinel-class cutters have an endurance of five days and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (3,390 mi; 5,460 km).[5]

Operational historyEdit

In November 2015 Kathleen Moore participated in the interception and repatriation of 85 individuals who tried to flee Cuba, by sea.[8][9]

In February, June and July, 2016, Kathleen Moore repatriated 10, 83 and 50 Cuban refugees.[9][10][11]


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.[12][13][14][15][16] Moore started working for the Lighthouse Service when she was 12 years old, and was credited with saving at least 21 lives over the course of her career.[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Acquisition Update: Ninth Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard". United States Coast Guard. 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. "Coast Guard's newest FRC commissioned in Key West, Fla.". Coast Guard News. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  3. "Bollinger Delivers 9th USCG Fast Response Cutter". Marine Link. 2014-03-28. Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. "The Coast Guard took delivery on March 28, 2014 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during May, 2014." 
  4. Adam Linhardt (2013-04-03). "Newest, fastest cutters on the way: All 58 ships will pass through Key West, Coast Guard says". Key West: Key News. Archived from the original on 2013-04-24. "Of those 58, six will stay in Key West: the Charles David, Charles Sexton, Kathleen Moore, Joseph Napier, William Trump and Isaac Mayo, one arriving every three months." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Fast Response Cutter". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  6. "Short Range Prosecutor (SRP)". Integrated Deepwater System Program. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  7. "Bollinger awarded potential $1.5 billion FRC contract". Marine Log. 2009-09-26. Archived from the original on 2009-10-11. 
  8. "US Coast Guard repatriates 85 Cuban migrants". Caribean News Now. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2015-11-03. "The Coast Guard Cutters Kathleen Moore, Marlin, along with numerous other Coast Guard patrol boats and aircraft, aggressively patrol the Florida Straits to detect and deter illegal and unsafe maritime migration. Safety of life at sea is always the Coast Guard's top priority." 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "US Coast Guard repatriates 47 Cuban migrants". Caribean News Now. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2016-07-13. "The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore approaches a rustic vessel in the Florida Straits with ten Cuban migrants aboard on February 24, 2016. The migrants safely embarked and were repatriated back to Cuba." 
  10. "US Coast Guard repatriates 153 Cuban migrants". Caribean News Now. 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2016-07-13. "The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore repatriated 78 Cuban migrants and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 75 Cuban migrants." 
  11. "US Coast Guard repatriates increasing number of Cuban migrants". Miami: Antigua Observer. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2016-07-13. "The US Coast Guard said that the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore repatriated 50 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Tuesday." 
  12. Susan Schept (2010-03-22). "Enlisted heroes honored". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. 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." 
  13. Mary Witkowski (Spring 2009). "Kate Moore, Keeper of the Fayerweather Lighthouse". Connecticut Explored. Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. 
  14. Connie Braesch (2010-11-05). "Coast Guard Heroes: Kathleen Moore". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-03. "Moore first stood the watch at the age of 12, when her father began tending the light in 1817 after a shipboard injury prevented him from going to sea. As Moore grew older, and her father’s health worsened, she took on most of the duties herself, although she was not officially appointed as head keeper until 1871." 
  15. Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  16. "Who are some of the heroes of the Coast Guard?". USCG. 2012-12-03. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2013-01-10. "Kathleen "Kate" Moore served as the keeper of the Black Rock Light. Her father began tending the light in 1817 and Ms. Moore began assisting him when she was twelve." 
  17. "Life-saving lighthouse keeper to be honored". 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 

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