PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A fourth National Security Cutter will be built for the U.S. Coast Guard at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula shipyard. The Coast Guard awarded a $480 million fixed-price incentive contract to the company on Tuesday.
"These ships are a significant part of the Coast Guard's recapitalization program," said Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast. "This contract emphasizes the Coast Guard's confidence in the NSC's design and demonstrated performance, as well as the progress we've made with our quality and process improvement initiatives."
The National Security Cutters that comprise the Coast Guard's Legend class are the flagships of the Coast Guard fleet. They're designed to replace the 378-foot Hamilton class High Endurance Cutters, which entered service during the 1960s.
Two of the eight ships planned in the program USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) and USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) have been commissioned and are executing Coast Guard missions. The third ship in the class, Stratton (WMSL 752), christened on July 23, 2010, is over 65 percent complete and scheduled for delivery next year.
The newest cutter will be 418-feet long, with a 54-foot beam, displacing 4,400 tons with a full load. It will have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of approximately 110.
The Legend-class 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 aircrafts. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of multi-mission cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard.