By Sgt. David Resnick, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet
| January 26, 2022
USCGC Glen Harris (WPC 1144) sits pierside in Alexandria, Egypt, Jan. 25, following its arrival for a scheduled port call. Two U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters arrived in the 5th Fleet region after departing Key West, Florida in November. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. DeAndre Dawkins) (Photo by Cpl. DeAndre Dawkins)
USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC 1145) and USCGC Glen Harris (WPC 1144) are two of the Coast Guard’s newest Sentinel-class fast response cutters slated for forward-deployment to Bahrain where U.S. 5th Fleet is headquartered. The ships will help ensure maritime security and stability across the Middle East region.
“We are happy to be part of the U.S. 5th Fleet team after a two-month transit,” said Lt. Kelly Patrick, commanding officer of Emlen Tunnell. “The crew is excited for the task at hand and the opportunities ahead.”
Emlen Tunnell and Glen Harris will replace two of the Coast Guard’s existing Island-class patrol boats currently operating from Bahrain. The new fast response cutters feature advanced communications systems and improved surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.
The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses approximately 2.5 million square miles of water and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 21 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.