The Coast Guard is announcing today that two of its new Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) will be named in honor of Coast Guard heroes who also served in the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department respectively, and lost their lives responding on 9/11.
Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard Commandant, is scheduled to announce that the new cutters will be named in honor of Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Vincent Danz and Machinery Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Palazzo.
Danz served as a Coast Guard Reservist, as well as an NYPD officer at the Emergency Services Unit in the Bronx. He responded on 9/11 to aid victims and lost his life when the World Trade Center collapsed. Palazzo served as a Coast Guard Reservist and an FDNY firefighter at Rescue 5 in Staten Island. He also lost his life assisting others at the scene of the attacks on 9/11.
The new cutters are scheduled for delivery starting in 2023. FRCs are the mainstay of the Coast Guard’s coastal patrol fleet, providing multi-mission capabilities and interagency interoperability. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; over-the-horizon cutter boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and sea-keeping. They are replacing the 1980s-era Island Class 110-foot patrol boats.