Bollinger delivers cutter to Coast Guard

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LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — Bollinger Shipyards Inc. has delivered the fast-response cutter Raymond Evans to the Coast Guard.

Company president Chris Bollinger says the cutter was delivered to the Coast Guard's 7th District in Key West, Florida.

The 154 foot patrol craft is the 10th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class fast-response cutter program.

The Coast Guard took delivery on June 25. The vessel is expected to be commissioned in September.

Each fast-response cutter is named for Coast Guard personnel who distinguished themselves in the line of duty.

The new cutter is named for Cmdr. Raymond Evans, who was part of a rescue team that saved a group of Marines during fighting on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal in 1942. Evans, an apprentice seaman at the time, was awarded the Navy Cross.

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