The ship is being built by the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Miss. Ingalls is now fabricating a total of three NSCs. It has already delivered the first three NSCs to the Coast Guard. Ingalls received a contract in June to order major equipment for a seventh NSC.
The 418-foot-long, 60-day endurance NSCs are designed to replace the aging Hamilton-class cutters, which have been in service since the 1960s. Considered the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard fleet, the NSC is operated by a crew of 110 for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense. It includes a three-dimensional air search radar, a flight deck that can accommodate manned and unmanned helicopters, and a launch and recovery area for boats.
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