Ingalls Shipbuilding is the sole builder of Legend Class National Security Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard. The National Security Cutter is the first new design for the service in 20 years, and features enhanced capabilities that will allow the eight-ship class to replace 12 aging high-endurance cutters that have been in service for 40 years. Technological advancements will also allow a smaller crew to operate NSCs, reducing manpower requirements. Three NSCs, USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750), USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) and USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752) are now serving the Coast Guard in defense and humanitarian aid missions. The Hamilton (WMSL 753) and James (WMSL 754), are now being built at the Pascagoula facility, and Ingalls recently received a construction contract for Munro (WMSL 755) and a contract for long lead materials for Kimball (WMSL 756).
Lessons learned during construction of the first ship in the class led to significant design and build strategy improvements for subsequent NSCs. Field engineers have incorporated more than 2,000 changes, and shipbuilders are now focusing on production efficiency geared toward Ingalls' priorities of safety, quality, cost and schedule. The Ingalls Engineering team designed the NSC from the keel up to meet all mission requirements.
Ingalls Shipbuilding Launches Fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter
Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), Hamilton(WMSL 753), on Saturday.
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