Langevin Joins Coast Guard in Commissioning Cutter

Jul 16, 2005

(Warwick, R.I.)–Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today participated in the commissioning of TIGER SHARK, the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest patrol boat, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.

The ceremony formally recognized TIGER SHARK’s status and welcomed it as the newest cutter in the Coast Guard fleet. Mrs. June Barrett Langevin, the Congressman’s mother, was named the ship’s sponsor. Mrs. Langevin’s uncle, Jim, served as a chief warrant officer with the U.S. Coast Guard.

“This is a wonderful honor for my family and me,” said Langevin. “With TIGER SHARK’s deployment, Rhode Island waters have become safer. Its crew will work endless hours to ensure recreational and commercial boaters alike stay out of harm’s way. Likewise, it will also play a critical role in keeping our coastline secure from homeland security threats, including drug trafficking.”

The Commissioning Ceremony is the most important event in a Coast Guard cutter’s history. Once the ship is accepted into the fleet, it is entitled to fly the Coast Guard ensign and hold the designation as a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC). TIGER SHARK, a 59th Marine Protector Class Cutter, will be responsible for search and rescue, maritime safety, homeland security, maritime law enforcement and maritime environmental protection.

“As a member of the Homeland Security Committee I am proud to help put into service a vessel that is capable of responding with efficiency and ease,” added Langevin. Rear Admiral David P. Pekoske, commander – First Coast Guard District and commander - Maritime Defense Command One officially commissioned the 87-foot cutter and its crew of 10.

TIGER SHARK is stationed in Newport and assigned to Coast Guard Group Woods Hole. The cutter is responsible for patrolling the waters of the First Coast Guard District, which extends from Maine to the Shrewsbury River in New Jersey.