Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter James on Saturday. James is the company’s fifth NSC and is expected to deliver in 2015.
Ingalls has delivered the first three NSCs and has three under construction. Besides the James, the Hamilton will undergo sea trials this summer and is expected to deliver later this year. Ingalls’ sixth NSC, Munro, began construction late last year and will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015. The seventh ship, Kimball, is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.
Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. Designed to replace the 378' Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters that entered service during the 1960s, the 418'x54' vessels displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.