Coast Guard commissions second Alaska cutter

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco gathers on deck during the vessel’s commissioning ceremony in Juneau, Alaska, June 14, 2017. The CGC Bailey Barco is the second fast response cutter in Alaska and homeports in Ketchikan. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

NavyTimes, By The Associated Press, June 20, 2017

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — The Coast Guard’s second Sentinel Class fast response cutter will be homeported in Ketchikan.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports Bailey Barco was commissioned during a Wednesday ceremony in Juneau. It will be harbored in Ketchikan alongside the cutter John McCormick which was commissioned in April. Bailey Barco will conduct law enforcement, search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection and homeland security tasks.

The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick (WPC 1121) and crew make way to their home port at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan in Ketchikan, Alaska, March 217, 2017. The Fast Response Cutter McCormick and its crew completed a 6,200-mile trip from Key West, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Lt. Frank Reed will lead Bailey Barco’s crew as its commanding officer.

The 154-foot vessel is named after Bailey Barco, who was a Gold Lifesaving Medal. His granddaughter Carol Pugh sponsored the cutter.

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