USCGC Benjamin Dailey

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USCGC Benjamin Dailey works with a HH-65 from CG Air Station New Orleans

USCGC Benjamin Dailey (WPC-1123) is the United States Coast Guard's 23rd Template:Sclass2 cutter.[1][2][3] She is the first cutter of her class stationed in the Coast Guard's Eight District, with a homeport in Pascagoula, MS.

The vessel's manufacturer, Bollinger Shipyards, of Lockport, Louisiana, delivered the ship to the Coast Guard, in Key West, on April 20, 2017, for final outfitting and crew training.[4][1][2][3]

USCGC Benjamin Dailey was commissioned at a ceremony held in Pascagoula, Mississippi on July 4, 2017.


The Sentinel-class cutters are lightly armed patrol vessels with a crew of approximately two dozen sailors, capable of traveling almost 3,000 nautical miles, on five-to-eight day missions. The cutter is a multi-mission vessel intended to perform law enforcement, search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection, and homeland security tasks.


In 2010, Charles "Skip" W. Bowen, who was then the United States Coast Guard's most senior non-commissioned officer, proposed that all 58 cutters in the Sentinel class should be named after enlisted sailors in the Coast Guard, or one of its precursor services, who were recognized for their heroism.[5][6] In 2014 the Coast Guard announced that Benjamin B. Dailey, keeper of the Cape Hatteras Lifesaving Station, would be the namesake of the 23rd cutter.[7][8][9][10]

Dailey, and the crew of Life Saving Service surfmen he commanded, had rescued nine crewmen from the wreck of the Ephraim Williams, and were awarded the Gold Life Saving Medal.[11][12][13][14]

Operational history

Shortly after being commissioned, Benjamin Dailey deployed on behalf of her operational commander, the Eighth CG District, conducting counter-narcotics, fisheries enforcement, and border security off southern Texas. In August 2017, the ship provided rescue and assistance for Houston after Hurricane Harvey struck the city. In May 2018, Benjamin Dailey participated in GOMEX 2018, a five-day exercise between the US Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Mexican Navy in Tampico, MX.

On December 10, 2021, the ship was heavily damaged during a fire while in drydock in Tampa, Florida.[15] It took three fire engines 45 minutes to bring the flames under control.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Eric Haun (2017-04-20). "Bollinger Delivers USCGC Benjamin Dailey". Marine Link. "The Coast Guard took delivery of the 154-foot patrol craft on April 20, 2017 in Key West, Fla. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for July 4, 2017 in Pascagoula, Miss." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ken Hocke (2017-04-21). "Bollinger delivers latest fast response cutter to USCG". WorkBoat magazine. "Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La., has delivered the 154’x25’5″x9’6″ Benjamin Dailey to the Coast Guard, the 23rd fast response cutter (FRC)." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Bollinger delivers the 23rd FRC to USCG". Port News. 2017-04-21. "This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Benjamin Dailey. Dailey, Keeper of the Cape Hatteras Life-Saving Station, was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on April 24, 1885 for his exceptional bravery in one of the most daring rescues by the Life-Saving Service." 
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  5. Susan Schept (2010-03-22). "Enlisted heroes honored". United States Coast Guard. "After the passing of several well-known Coast Guard heroes last year, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles "Skip" Bowen mentioned in his blog that the Coast Guard does not do enough to honor its fallen heroes." 
  6. "U.S. Coast Guard announces name for first Sentinel-class cutter". 2010-03-22. "Previously designated to be named the Coast Guard Cutter Sentinel, the cutter Bernard C. Webber will be the first of the service's new 153-foot patrol cutters. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen approved the change of the cutter's name to allow this class of vessels to be named after outstanding enlisted members who demonstrated exceptional heroism in the line of duty. This will be the first class of cutters to be named exclusively for enlisted members of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services." 
  7. Christopher Havern (2014-01-23). "Benjamin B. Dailey". USCG. 
  8. "Who are some of the heroes of the Coast Guard?". USCG. 2014-08-26. 
  9. "Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Unveils Names of FRCs 16-25". US Coast Guard. 2014-02-27. "The Coast Guard recently announced the names of 10 Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters (WPCs 1116-1125) through a series of posts on its official blog, the Coast Guard Compass. Like the first 15 ships in the class, each ship will honor a Coast Guard enlisted hero." [dead link]Template:Cbignore
  10. "FRC Plan B: The Sentinel Class". Defense Industry Daily. 2014-05-02. "All of these boats will be named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes, who distinguished themselves in USCG or military service. The first 25 have been named, but only 8 have been commissioned..." 
  11. "Rowboats to choppers, tales of rescue at sea". Life magazine. 1967-07-15. p. 50. 
  12. "Two Tales of Bravery from the U.S. Life-Saving Service". Carolina Outer Banks. "The other crews knew it was hopeless, sure the surfboat could not make it over the treacherous outer sandbar with the sea conditions that existed that day. But luck and skill prevailed, and the small boat somehow made it across." 
  13. "Hatteras Island Lifesaving Stations". North Caroline Beaches. 
  14. "The U.S. Lifesaving Service". National Park Service. "Cape Hatteras National Seashore preserves the history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service on the Outer Banks. Walk the same beaches that Rasmus Midgett once patrolled or stop and see what Keeper Dailey’s medal looks like at the Museum of the Sea near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse." 
  15. Dylan Abad (2021-12-10). "US Coast Guard Cutter goes up in flames in Tampa Bay dry doc". WFLA (Tampa, Florida). Retrieved 2021-12-13. "The post said the U.S Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey was undergoing repairs in the dry dock Friday around 7:30 p.m. when nearby workers saw smoke billowing from inside the vessel."