Stationed in San Diego, Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour vessel is a ‘game changer’
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The U.S. Coast Guard is the coastal defense, search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement branch of the armed forces.
Stationed off the coast of San Diego is one of the vessels Coast Guard officials call a game changer. The Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour is a Sentinal-class cutter called a fast response cutter.
The vessel, commissioned on Nov. 27, 2018, is part of the Coast Guard’s Deep Water Program. Missions include drug and migrant interdiction, search and rescue, coastal safety, environmental protection and maritime law enforcement.
Each vessel is armed for defense and for times of war. Crews can be deployed for days or weeks, designed to be on patrol 2,500 hours per year and travel thousands of miles.
The need to stop drug and human smuggling at sea is at an all time high. In October, cutter crews in San Diego off-loaded 92 million dollars of cocaine seized in the Eastern Pacific.
KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries went aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour to see what makes the vessel unlike any other.