Cabras Marine Corporation was honored to welcome the first of three United States Coast Guard (USCG) Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) that will be homeported in Santa Rita, Guam. The crew of the USCG Cutter, Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139), traveled from Key West, Florida to Guam, covering a distance of over 10,000 nautical miles during the two month journey. The addition of these new FRCs on Guam represent the Coast Guard’s commitment to modernizing service assets to address the increasingly complex global Maritime Transportation System. Like the Island-class patrol boats before them, the Myrtle Hazard will support the people of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and international partners throughout Oceania.
The origin of the vessel’s names stems from the true story of a young mother in 1918, Myrtle Hazard, who answered a help-wanted ad for a qualified radio operator after graduating from a radio and telegraphy class at the Baltimore YMCA. Extremely skilled in telegraphy and proficient in Morse code, the Coast Guard enlisted Ms. Hazard on January 21, 1918 and she became the service’s first female electrician. Ms. Hazard worked at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. as an electrician’s mate 3rd class and was later promoted to electrician, 1st class, before being demobilized after the war’s end.
Cabras Marine Corporation values our partnership with the USCG and is fully supportive of their efforts to modernize and improve marine operations in the Marianas region.