Legend-class National Security Cutters

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Midgett (WMSL 757) joins Bertholf, Waesche, Stratton, Hamilton, James, Munro and Kimball as the eighth Legend-class National Security Cutter built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. The Legend-class plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater. A Legend-class cutter carries enough food and consumables to stay at sea for 60 days and has the ability to conduct replenishment and refuel at sea in order to extend patrols.

At 418 feet long, Legend-class National Security Cutters are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s fleet. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard’s fleet, with a robust design, proven operational effectiveness and unmatched C4ISR capability. This enables the cutter to meet the high demand for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. National Security Cutters play an important role enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS

Berthing: 148

Length: 418 ft.

Beam: 54 ft.

Displacement: 4,500 long tons

Propulsion: Combined Diesel and Gas

Speed: 28 knots

Range: 12,000 nautical miles

Endurance: 60 days

Armament: 57 mm gun and Gunfire Control System, Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, .50 Caliber Machine Guns, M240B 7.62 Light Machine Guns

Aviation Carried: (2) MCH, or (4) Vertical-Launch Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VUAV) or (1) MCH and (2) VUAV

Stern Launch: Two cutter boats (Long Range Interceptor and/or Short Range Prosecutor)

Electronic Warfare and Decoys: AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System, Two SRBOC/2 NULKA countermeasures chaff rapid decoy launcher

Communications: HF, VHF & UHF

Sensors and Processing Systems: X and S band radar, 3D air search radar, AN/SPQ-9 radar, IFF