Fabrication start on fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter

The first three NSCs which Ingall's delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard were "Bertholf" and "Waesche" and "Stratton". NSCs are the flagship of the Coast Guard's cutter fleet, designed to replace the Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters, which entered service during the 1960s. NSCs are 127m long with a 16m beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.

Ingalls builds the NSC hull and mechanical and electrical systems, while Lockheed Martin builds and integrates the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities onboard the cutters.

The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the High Endurance Cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays 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.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division started constructing the U.S. Coast Guard's fourth National Security Cutter, "Hamilton". The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in the fall of 2014.

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