The U.S. Coast Guard held a commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Harold Miller, the service’s 38th Sentinel-class fast response cutter, at Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas, Wednesday.
Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, presided over the commissioning ceremony, along with Lt. Michael Salerno, Coast Guard Cutter Harold Miller’s commanding officer.
Like her sister ships USCGC Harold Miller (WPC-1138) was built by Bollinger Shipyards, in Lockport, La. The ship was delivered in April.
Built to replace the service’s 110-foot patrol boats, fast response cutters feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.
Harold Miller will be homeported in Galveston, with a patrol area encompassing 900 miles of coastline for the Coast Guard’s Eighth District, from Carrabelle, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas.
The Coast Guard’s fast response cutter are named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes. Harold Miller, the cutter’s namesake, was a Coast Guard boatswain’s mate 2nd class and a Silver Star recipient for his heroic actions that led to the victory at Tulagi Island during World War II.