Foundation Welcomes Fast Response Cutter Rollin Fritch With $5,000 Morale Gift

Posted on January 05, 2017

Coast Guard Foundation President Susan P. Ludwig presented the crew of the newly commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch with a $5,000 gift for their morale fund during the vessel’s commissioning ceremony in November, 2016.

The 154-foot fast response cutter (FRC) is the 19th commissioned into the fleet and is based in Cape May, New Jersey - the first FRC stationed outside Florida and Puerto Rico. Fritch’s area of operations includes coastal and inland waters from North Carolina’s southern border to parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is designed to patrol closer to shore replacing the 1980s-era Island-class 110-foot patrol boats.

The cutter is named after Seaman 1st Class Rollin Fritch, who died Jan. 8, 1945, during a battle off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines. Fritch, a member of a gun crew aboard the USS Callaway, bravely remained at his post as an enemy aircraft collided with the vessel. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal.