HII Ingalls Starts Fabrication of Tenth USCG Legend-Class Cutter

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has cut the first 100t of steel for the con­struc­tion of the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) newest Legend-class nation­al secu­ri­ty cut­ter (NSC).

The offi­cial start of the fab­ri­ca­tion of Calhoun (WMSL 759), the tenth Legend-class cut­ter, took place at HII Ingalls Shipbuilding division’s facil­i­ty in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Ingalls NSC pro­gramme man­ag­er Jay Boyd said: “Each new ship in this class has been an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to build on our lega­cy.

“This is the tenth cut­ter in the class and a steady pro­duc­tion line has allowed our ship­builders to con­tin­u­al­ly improve on how we build and deliv­er these tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced cut­ters to the nation.”

NSC 10 is named in hon­our of the USCG’s first Master Chief Petty Officer Charles Calhoun.

The NSC ves­sels are designed to meet mar­itime secu­ri­ty mis­sion needs. The cut­ters fea­ture an aft launch-and-recov­ery area to accom­mo­date two inflat­able boats.

In addi­tion, each NSC has a flight deck for manned and unmanned rotary-wing air­craft.

The USCG’s Legend-class cut­ters are used for mar­itime home­land secu­ri­ty, nation­al defence, law enforce­ment, marine safe­ty and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion mis­sions.

The HII Ingalls ship­yard has so far deliv­ered eight Legend-class NSCs to the coast guard.

The NSC project aims to replace the age­ing Hamilton-class cut­ters that entered ser­vice in the 1960s.

At 418ft in length, the ves­sels can per­form ver­ti­cal replen­ish­ment at sea and refu­elling at-sea oper­a­tions.

The cut­ters are armed with 6.50 cal­i­bre machine guns and a 57mm MK 110 tur­ret-mount­ed gun.

Two addi­tion­al Legend-class ves­sels are under con­struc­tion at the ship­yard. Ingalls is under con­tract to con­struct one more cut­ter.

HII expects to deliv­er the ninth NSC, Stone (WMSL 758), to the USCG next year.

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Source: Naval Technology

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