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New cutter based in Puerto Rico

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The U.S. Coast Guard has commissioned Cutter Richard Dixon, the 13th Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) in Coast Guard 7th District and the first to be home ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 154-foot long cutter has a maximum sustained speed of more than 28 knots. It is armed with a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns.

It is named after Richard Dixon, a First Class Boatswain’s Mate stationed at Tillamook Bay in Oregon, for his heroic actions July 4th weekend in 1980. Dangerous storms swept across the Pacific Northwest. Dixon and his crew performed two separate rescues that saved the lives of nine people, including the captain of M/V Fantasy Isle.

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