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Coast Guard Base Honolulu welcomes new cutter to revitalize Hawaii’s fleet

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    The new 154-foot Coast Guard “Fast Response Cutter,” Oliver Berry, which is scheduled to be commissioned in Honolulu in October, was welcomed offshore of Oahu on Friday.

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    Leighton Tseu conducted a blessing of the new $65 million, 154-foot cutter Oliver Berry as Commanding Officer Lt. Kenneth Franklin and others looked on Friday at Coast Guard Base Honolulu. The Oliver Berry represents the first in a series of new cutters coming to Hawaii as the 14th Coast Guard District renews its fleet.

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    Evie Wendelgass, 5, waved a welcome to her father, Machinery Technician 2nd Class Clayton Wendelgass, who is serving aboard the new Coast Guard cutter Oliver Berry, which arrived in Honolulu on Friday. The vessel is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 31.

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    Jada Martin, 9, sheds tears of joy greeting her father, Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Martin. He arrived aboard the new cutter Oliver Berry at the Coast Guard’s base at Sand Island on Friday.

A new era in Coast Guard ship recapitalization arrived in Honolulu on Friday morning in the form of the 154-foot, $65 million new “fast response cutter” Oliver Berry — the first in a series of new cutters anticipated in coming years to revitalize an aging fleet. Read more

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