Coast Guard commissions Fast Response Cutter Richard Snyder

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder mans the rails during the commissioning ceremony for the cutter in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, April 20, 2018. The new Fast Response Cutter is the Coast Guard’s 27th Sentinel class Fast Response Cutter and is the first of its class to be homeported in Atlantic Beach. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Office 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn/Released)

The U.S. Coast Guard held a special ceremony Friday morning to commission the first Fast Response cutter in North Carolina.

The Richard Snyder was commissioned during a ceremony in Atlantic Beach. The vessel, which we got a chance to get a sneak peak on Thursday, features 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 cutter is named after a World War II hero known for his brave actions in battle defending troops coming to shore on the Island of Biak at the western edge of Papua New Guinea. Snyder was awarded the Silver Star, and was entitled to six bronze stars on his campaign ribbons, which included the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

“As much as we are here today to celebrate our new cutter, we are here to celebrate the life of a very special man,” said Lt. Andrew Norberg, commanding officer of Cutter Richard Snyder, in a press release. “There is no telling how many lives Richard Snyder saved through his brave actions during World War II, but we hope many more will be saved by crews aboard the new cutter named in his honor.”

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