Huntington Ingalls Launches USCG’s 8th Natl Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the eighth National Security Cutter that HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division built for the U.S. Coast Guard ahead of the vessel’s scheduled Dec. 9 christening ceremony.

The company said Wednesday Ingalls Shipbuilding used a rail car system to move Midgett NSC to a floating dry dock last week and deployed the vessel early Wednesday morning through the use of tugboats.

USCG named the ship after John Allen Midgett, a senior enlisted member of the former U.S. Lifesaving Service prior to its combination with the U.S. Lighthouse Service and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.

Legend-class NSC vessels are designed to replace the service branch’s fleet of Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters that have been in service since the 1960s.

NSCs feature an aft launch and recovery platform designed to accommodate hull inflatable boats as well as a flight deck intended to house rotary-wing manned and unmanned aircraft.

The vessels are built to support maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense operations.

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