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Press Release | April 17, 2023

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Third New England-based Fast Response Cutter to arrive in Boston

BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Maurice Jester (WPC-1152) is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, following a transit from Key West. The newly-built Maurice Jester was accepted by the Coast Guard on March 2, and will be one of six new Fast Response Cutters homeported in Boston.

The cutter's arrival will include a water salute from the Boston Fire Department and air escort by an Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., MH-60 Jayhawk crew. Crew families, and Coast Guard personnel will be providing a pier side welcoming party for their arrival.

  • WHO: Lt. Terry Netusil, commanding officer of the Maurice Jester, along with the ship’s crew
  • WHAT: Arrival of USCGC Maurice Jester to Boston
  • WHEN: Wednesday 19 April 2023, at 10 a.m. Media are requested to arrive by 9:30 a.m., to clear security and be escorted to the pier
  • WHERE: Coast Guard Base Boston, 427 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109

The Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) is designed for multiple missions, including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. The Coast Guard has ordered 65 FRCs to replace the 1980s-era Island-class 110-foot patrol boats. The FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; over the horizon cutter boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and seakeeping.

The ship’s commissioning ceremony will be held June 2, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Born in Chincoteague, Virginia, Lt. Cmcr. Maurice Jester enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1917, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer Boatswains Mate by 1936. As the United States entered World War II in 1941,Chief Jester was promoted to Lieutenant and given command of the USCGC Icarus (WPC 110). Only one year later, LT Jester along with his crew, became the first U.S. Ship to capture the crew of a German U-Boat after it’s sinking. For his heroics in the sinking and rescue of the German Sailors aboard U-352, LT Maurice Jester was awarded the Navy Cross and promoted to Lieutenant Commander for his leadership.