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Visiting Ships for the 239th Fourth of July Celebration

Starting in the early 1900’s, the U.S. Navy sends a ship to spend a week in Bristol during our Celebration. The Visiting Ship for the 239th Fourth of July Celebration is the USCGC WILLIAM CHADWICK (WPC 1150).


USCGC WILLIAM CHADWICK will be moored to the Bristol Town Pier adjacent to the Maritime Center south of Rockwell Park.

usCGC William chawick

JULY 3-4

9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

UCGC William Chadwick

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Chadwick (WPC-1150) will visit Bristol from July 2nd to July 5th.  The Cutter was commissioned Thursday Nov 10, 2022 at Coast Guard Base Boston, as the first of six Fast Response Cutters to be stationed in the city.

Admiral Steven Poulin, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, and Rear Adm. John Mauger, commander, 1st Coast Guard District, oversaw the ceremony, as LCDR Tyler KelleY, USCG assumed command of the 154-foot cutter and its crew. Under LCDR Kelly’s command, the 24-person crew will now conduct missions offshore of the Northeast United States.

Built by Bollinger Shipyards, Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRC) are designed for multiple missions, including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. The Coast Guard has ordered 65 FRCs to replace the 1980s-era Island-class 110-foot patrol boats. The FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; over the horizon cutter boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and seakeeping.

Born in Dover, N.J., the cutter’s namesake was a keeper of the Green Island Lifeboat Station in New Jersey and recipient of the Congressional Gold Lifesaving Medal for his rescue of the crew of the schooner George Taulane on February 3, 1880. Chadwick remained keeper of Green Island Station until his retirement in August 1886.


Tour Information: Please read if you intend to tour ship.

Cutter tours will be held on July 3rd and July 4th from 0900 to 1400 (2 PM). The vessel will be located at the Bristol Town Pier which is beyond the Bristol Maritime Center (Granite castle like building in Rockwell Park at the foot of Church St.).

 Navy and USCG regulations require that all purses and packages be searched.  Visitors are strongly encouraged to lock these items in your vehicles since the security search will delay the tour process. There are limited or no handicap access points. Visitors are reminded to wear comfortable, protective footwear (no open toes, heels, or platform shoes).  Parking in the area will be limited to on-street parking.  

USCGC CHADWICK will depart Bristol on July 5, 2024

Hattie Brown Award Recipients for the 238th Fourth of July Celebration


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Lieutenant Commander Tyler Kelley 

Commanding Officer, USCGC William Chadwick (WPC 1150) 

Lt. Cmdr. Tyler Kelley serves as the commanding officer of the pre-commissioning detachment for Coast Guard Cutter William Chadwick, homeported in Boston. The cutter was delivered to the Coast Guard on Aug. 4, 2022. 

Kelley previously served afloat as a deck watch officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, homeported in Boston; commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Chinook, homeported in New London, Connecticut, and operations officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, homeported in Kittery, Maine. 

Ashore, Kelley served as a rotating military faculty member at the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he taught organization behavior and leadership as well as serving as the cutter manager at the First Coast Guard District. 

Kelley hails from Suffield, Connecticut and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in management. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College and is married with three children. Kelley has been a permanent cutterman since 2019. 


Lieutenant Junior Grade Alex Jung 

Executive Officer, USCGC William Chadwick (WPC 1150) 

Lt. j.g. Alex Jung serves as the executive officer of the pre-commissioning detachment for Coast Guard Cutter William Chadwick, homeported in Boston.
The cutter was delivered to the Coast Guard on Aug.4, 2022. 

Jung previously served as a deck watch officer and supply officer on the Coast Guard Cutters Spar and Cypress, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska.


Upon his graduation from Centreville High School in 2016, Jung attended the Coast Guard Academy, graduating in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He originally hails from Clifton, Virginia. 

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