The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned a new, state-of-the-art cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, on Saturday in Miami, Florida. The Coast Guard Foundation sponsored a reception for the crew members and other dignitaries.
The cutter Bernard C. Webber was put in service by its crew of 21 Coast Guardsmen. It will be commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Herb Eggert, who has been working on the fast-response cutter program since the service first started designing the ship in the mid-2000s.
The event — long traditional in the sea services — was held at the Port of Miami with senior city and government and service officials in attendance.
The cutter is named after Bernard C. Webber, a first class boatswain mate who conducted a famous rescue operation off the coast of Cape Cod in the early 1950s. Webber led a three-man crew on a harrowing excursion to rescue 32 surviving crew members of an oil tanker, The Pendleton, which had broke apart in heavy seas. Piloting a tiny 36-foot long wooden lifeboat, with a single 90 horsepower engine, Webber and his crew conducted what is considered by the Coast Guard the most famous rescue mission in the service's history.
Crew members of the newly commissioned Bernard C. Webber fast-response cutter stand at attention during the commissioning ceremony Saturday. Photo by Coast Guard Foundation Vice President, Patti Gross.