A shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has cut the first 100 tons of steel for the construction of the U.S. Coast Guard's 10th Legend-class national security cutter.
The vessel is named after USCG's first master chief petty officer, Charles Calhoun, who also served for three years in the Navy during World War II, the company said Tuesday.
HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding arm is fabricating Calhoun (WMSL 759) at a facility in Pascagoula, Miss.
"This is the 10th cutter in the class and a steady production line has allowed our shipbuilders to continually improve on how we build and deliver these technologically advanced cutters to the nation," said Jay Boyd, NSC program manager at HII.
NSCs feature aft launch-and-recovery space for up to two inflatable boats and a flight deck for manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft.
Legend-class ships are designed to support maritime safety and homeland security, law enforcement, national defense and environmental protection missions