Huntington Ingalls Industries“™ Ingalls Shipbuilding division and the U.S. Coast Guard held a keel authentication ceremony for the service branch“™s seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter at the company“™s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Friday.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft served as the keynote speaker during the ceremony for the NSC Kimball (WMSL 756), HII said Friday.
The 418-foot-long vessel is named after Sumner Kimball, who helped establish the U.S. Life Saving Service.
Kay Webber Cochran, wife of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), etched her initials onto the keel“™s steel plate as the ship“™s sponsor during the event.
Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias and Sen. Cochran were also in attendance.
Legend-class NSCs are built to replace Hamilton-class cutters for use in maritime security missions and are designed to sail at a speed of up to 28 knots.