USCGC Charles Sexton (WPC-1108)

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Sister ship, the Bernard C. Webber, underway.

The USCGC Charles W. Sexton is the eighth Sentinel class cutter, and the second to be based in Key West, Florida.[1][2] She was deliered to the United States Coast Guard for a final evaluation and shakedown on December 10, 2013, and she was officially commissioned on March 8, 2014.

On May 3, 2014 the Charles Sexton capture a drug smuggling vessel, and her crew.[3] The vessel was carrying almost a ton of marijuana and 35 kilograms of cocaine.


The vessel is named after Charles Sexton, who served as a Machinist Mate in the United States Coast Guard.[4][5][6] Sexton lost his life while rescuing fishermen off the mouth of the Columbia River.


  1. Jed Lipinski (2013-12-10). "Bollinger delivers eighth Fast-Response Cutter to U.S. Coast Guard". Lockport, Louisiana: New Orleans Times Picayune. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2013-12-11. "The vessel was delivered to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla., where the Coast Guard expects to commission it in March 2014." 
  2. "Coast Guard's Eighth FRC Enters Service". Marine Link. 2014-03-14. Archived from the original on 2014-03-15. "Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton was commissioned into service March 8 at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla. The Sexton is the second of six Fast Response Cutters to be homeported in Key West, and the eighth vessel to be delivered through the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC recapitalization project." 
  3. "Newest Fast Response Cutters Make $3M Drug Busts". Miami, Florida: 2014-05-09. Archived from the original on 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2014-02. "The crew of the Charles Sexton successfully stopped a go-fast vessel in the Caribbean Sea on the evening of May 3, with five people aboard. The Sexton’s crew spotted the suspect vessel and launched their smallboat crew to investigate. Upon seeing the Coast Guard crew the suspects aboard the vessel jettisoned bales of contraband into the water and attempted to flee. The Sexton smallboat crew successfully stopped the fleeing suspects and took all five into custody. The Sexton crew recovered approximately 1,895 pounds of marijuana and 35 kilograms of cocaine with a combined wholesale value of approximately $2.8 million from the water." 
  4. Connie Braesch (2010-11-04). "Coast Guard Heroes: Charles Walter David Jr.". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. "Many of the Coast Guard’s heroes fought in wars abroad or found themselves under enemy fire in foreign countries. But, Charles W. Sexton found himself faced with danger in the course of his everyday duties at Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment. Sexton, a machinery technician, was rescuing four fishermen in peril when the seas tragically took him." 
  5. Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  6. "Who are some of the heroes of the Coast Guard?". USCG. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2013-01-10. "His award citation stated: "Petty Officer SEXTON is cited for extraordinary heroism on 11 January 1991 while serving as emergency medical technician aboard Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-44381." 

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