New Coast Guard ship complete sea trials

PASCAGOULA, MS (AP) - Huntington Ingalls Industries says the Stratton, the company's third U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, has completed builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

NSC program manager Mike Duthu says the Stratton, built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, spent three full days at sea testing all of the ship's systems.

Mike Duthu says builder's trials are a critical step in preparing for customer acceptance trials. Cutter's like the Stratton will replace the 378-foot Hamilton-class cutters which entered service during the 1960s.

The Stratton was christened at Ingalls on July 23, 2010. It is the third of eight planned ships in the new class.

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