While the US Navy lays the keel for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) a woman whose only connection to the Navy was marrying a sailor, the US Coast Guard announced that a Fast Response Cutter will be named for Damage Controlman Third Class Nathan Bruckenthal.
In the early evening hours of April 24, a dhow (a lateen-rigged Arabian vessel) approached an oil terminal in the Persian Gulf. Bruckenthal, trained as both a boarding team member and boarding officer, was accompanied by one other Coast Guardsman and five sailors from the United States Navy. The group boarded a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), taking off in pursuit.
As the crew was poised to board the dhow, an explosion was detonated. Two Navy petty officers also died as a result of the waterborne attack: PO1 Michael J. Pernaselli, 27, of Monroe, N.Y., and PO2 Christopher E. Watts, 28, of Knoxville, Tenn. Injured were three Navy sailors and BM3 Joseph T. Ruggiero, USCG, 23, from Revere, Mass., who received the Purple Heart.
The Fast Response Cutter, of which the Coast Guard might buy as many as 58, are known as the Sentinel Class, and each is named for an enlisted hero of the Coast Guard.