PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - From Mississippi to Massachusetts, a vessel built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula was commissioned at a special ceremony in Boston Saturday.
National Security Cutter James was delivered to the Coast Guard in June and sailed away from Ingalls in July after training. The 418 foot vessel is the fifth of its kind.
The ship was named after Capt. Joshua James who saved hundreds of lives in the 1800s while on duty with the U.S. Life Saving Service, which later evolved into the modern Coast Guard.
"James is an excellent ship and another example of the outstanding work accomplished by our shipbuilders," said NSC Program Manager Derek Murphy.
So far, Ingalls has delivered five NSCs and are working on building three more in Pascagoula.
The Legend-class NSC design is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard.
Shipbuilders say the vessel holds a crew of 120 and can reach speeds up to 32 mph with 12,000 miles of range.
The newly commissioned vessel will now be stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, alongside Ingalls' fourth NSC, Hamilton.