Huntington Ingalls’ Fourth Coast Guard Cutter Ship Launches; Jim French Comments

HHIHuntington Ingalls Industries launched the U.S. Coast Guard‘s fourth National Security Cutter on Saturday, two months prior to its scheduled christening.

The 418-feet long NSC Hamilton will be christened Oct. 26 at Pascagoula by Linda Kapral Papp, wife of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp. Jr., Huntington Ingalls announced Monday.

Jim French, NSC program manager for the Ingalls Shipbuilding division, said the company’s team transported Hamilton across land into the company’s floating drydock during the week prior to launch.

French added Hamilton underwent ship-wide check out and the company intends to deliver the ship to the Coast Guard next year.

NSC ships will replace the 378-foot High Endurance Cutters, are built to carry a crew of 110 and aim to travel at speeds of up to 28 knots, ranges of up to 12,000 miles and have 60 days of endurance.

James, the fifth NSC, is 32 percent completed and the company plans to launch that ship by the spring of 2014.

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