Huntington Ingalls Industries has completed the sea tests for the U.S. Coast Guard‘s fourth national security cutter.
The testing team assessed the propulsion, electrical, damage control, anchor handling, small boat operations and combat systems of the Hamilton cutter for three days, Huntington Ingalls said Friday.
“It's a team effort to bring one of these magnificent ships to life, and the NSC team has performed superbly“”from the first cut of steel to the completion of a very successful builder's trials,“ said Jim French, Ingalls NSC program manager.
Ingalls' trials team also performed a full-power propulsion run on the cutter for four hours to conclude the testing.
“The ship is clearly ready for acceptance trials in August,“ added Richard Schenk, Ingalls vice president of program management and test and trials.
Ingalls is building an additional three NSCs after completing the first three cutters, and the seventh NSC is set for construction in 2015.