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New Coast Guard cutter named for Oliver Berry, a Chief Petty Officer with a record we could hardly believe.

Team Coast Guard brings one more ship into the force with the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry. These ships will replace the Guard’s 110-foot Island-class patrol boats.

The cutters are being named for enlisted leaders who made particularly distinguished contributions to the Coast Guard during their careers. Oliver Berry was an a leader in the field of helicopter maintenance. One spectacular episode in his career really stood out for us:

Berry had an extensive career spanning much of the globe. He was notably involved in a helicopter rescue out of Newfoundland that earned him a Coast Guard commendation and the Belgian Silver Medal of the Order of Leopold II. In this case, Berry was able to quickly disassemble a helicopter in Brooklyn, New York, which was then flown to Gander, Newfoundland, in a cargo plane where he reassembled it in time to find and rescue 18 survivors of a crash aboard a Belgian Sabena DC-4 commercial airliner. h/t coastguard.dodlive.mil

With a record like that, we can see why the Coast Guard chose Chief Petty Officer Berry as the namesake of this new ship. We’re sure the new crew will do the utmost to live up to his legacy.

If you are inspired by Berry’s example but not in a position to join the Coast Guard or its reserve component, check out our article on volunteering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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