National Security Cutters at Sea

Waesche (WMSL 751), the second U.S. Coast Guard National Security cutter built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, demonstrates quick maneuvers in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the ship's successful acceptance trials.The Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding is the centerpiece of the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet, capable of executing the most challenging operations in support of maritime homeland security and defense missions. The multi mission flexibility of this platform enables the ship and crew to fulfill any of the Coast Guards Statutory missions from Humanitarian Aid to Law Enforcement and National Defense. The ship meets all current Coast Guard needs with room for growth.

A MH-6o Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak delivers supplies to the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, Sept. 11, 2012, in the Arctic Ocean. Vertical replenishments by helicopters are used by the Coast Guard to move critical parts and supplies from shore to underway cutters and can extend operational time that would be lost if a cutter had to return to port. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak delivers supplies to the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, in the Arctic Ocean.

NSCs have several features that enhance overall mission performance, including, CODAG propulsion for faster speeds, stern ramp launch and recovery for a combination of small boats 7 – 11 meters in length, and a very large flight deck with two hangars to accommodate helicopters or VUAVs.  Habitability was designed to provide the crew of 120 personnel with improved Quality of Life which includes stateroom berthing, lounges and fitness center.   NSCs have the latest technologically advanced Command & Control electronics suite along with the Coast Guards most capable weapons platform which includes the BOFORs 57mm main gun and CIWS.  These Legend Class Cutters have 60 day endurance with a range of 12,000 nautical miles.

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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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