The U.S. Coast Guard will commission the USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC-1146), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia’s fifth Sentinel-class cutter, into service at Tampa at 10 a.m. ET February 23.
Due to COVID mitigation, in-person attendance is limited, and the event is not open to the public.
Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will preside over the ceremony. Mr. Michael Scheuerman, a nephew of Seaman 1st Class Scheuerman, is the ship’s sponsor.
The cutter’s namesake is Seaman 1st Class John “Curtis” Scheuerman, a native of Toledo, Ohio. Scheuerman enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves on October 16, 1942, at the age of 18 and volunteered for amphibious assault craft duty. He was assigned aboard the USS Landing Craft, Infantry (L) 319 where his battle station was to man a 20mm gun mount atop the ship. On September 9, 1943, during the amphibious invasion of Italy, Seaman 1st Class Scheuerman unhesitatingly manned his exposed gun location to direct gunfire against an enemy plane conducting strafing attacks against his ship. He was mortally wounded in the attack, but his efforts contributed to the protection of his ship and crew against further attack. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
The USCGC John Scheuerman was officially delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard on October 22, in Key West, Fla. It is the 46th Sentinel-class fast response cutter. Each of these cutters carries the name of a U.S. Coast Guard enlisted hero. While the cutter is commissioning in Tampa, it will homeport in Manama, Bahrain, as part of U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA).
Established in 2002 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, PATFORSWA played a crucial role in maritime security and maritime infrastructure protection operations. PATFORSWA is a maritime humanitarian presence on the seas, providing U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet with combat-ready assets. Utilizing the U.S. Coast Guard’s unique access to foreign territorial seas and ports, our crews formulate strong and independent relationships throughout the Arabian Gulf and leverage the full spectrum of flexible vessel boarding capabilities at sea and maritime country engagements onshore.
Bollinger Shipyard photo