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U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

November 03, 2012


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PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard Cutter William Flores commissioned in Tampa, Fla.

Adm. Bob Papp, right, commandant of the Coast Guard and Lt. Cmdr. Craig Allen, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, salute as Allen takes command of the 154-foot Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter during a commissioning ceremony at the Port of Tampa, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The commissioning ceremony is a tradition in the Coast Guard that officially places a cutter in active service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse Lt. Cmdr. Craig Allen, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, a 154-foot Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter homeported at Sector Miami, speaks to guests during a commissioning ceremony that officially places his cutter in service at the Port of Tampa, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The William Flores marks the third of 58 planned Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters as the Coast Guard continues to replace its aging fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse
Crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, a 154-foot Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter homeported at Sector Miami, salute during a commissioning ceremony at the Port of Tampa, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The commissioning ceremony is a Coast Guard tradition in that officially places a cutter in active service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, a 154-foot Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter homeported at Sector Miami, hoists the cutter's commission pennant during a commissioning ceremony at the Port of Tampa, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The Coast Guard commission pennant was created at the same time as the ensign in 1799 and is hoisted on the day of commissioning and not struck until they are decommissioned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Candelario and retired Master Chief Petty Officer Allen Nations set the first watch with the passing of a long glass during the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores at the Port of Tampa, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The William Flores is the third of 58 planned Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters as the Coast Guard continues to replace its aging fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Judy Silverstein

TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, the third of a planned 58 Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters, was commissioned at the Port of Tampa, Saturday.

The William Flores' location of the commissioning honored the history of the cutter’s namesake. On the night of Jan. 28, 1980, Coast Guard Seaman William “Billy” Flores, 18, died while assisting his shipmates after the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn, collided with a large merchant vessel in the Tampa Bay ship channel. His heroism and sacrifice serve as an example for all Coast Guard members and inspire the ship’s motto of “courage in adversity.”

The William Flores is homeported in Miami.

 

 

 

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