Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Coast Guard to commission new cutter in Alexandria, Va Today

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WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to commission its newest Fast Response 
Cutter, the Nathan Bruckenthal, during a ceremony at Alexandria City Pier, Wednesday.

WHO: Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter 
Nathan Bruckenthal

WHAT: Commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard's newest Fast Response Cutter

WHERE: Old Town Alexandria Harbor, 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314
(Alexandria City Pier behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center)

WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2018. 

The cutter is named after Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who was 
mortally wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Bruckenthal thwarted a multi-vessel 
suicide attack on an oil terminal in the Arabian Gulf in 2004.  His actions prevented further 
loss of life, environmental damage, and the destruction of key infrastructure.  For his 
courageous actions, Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart 
and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, 
surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment that allow their crews to more effectively 
conduct the Coast Guard’s statutory missions.

The Nathan Bruckenthal's new homeport will be Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

For more information about Fast Response Cutters, visit the