The U.S. Coast Guard will commission its two newest National Security Cutters (NSC), USCGC Kimball (WMSL 756) and USCGC Midgett (WMSL 757), into the fleet during a ceremony at the USCG Base Honolulu in Hawaii on Saturday, Aug. 24.
The dual commissioning ceremony will be presided over by Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard’s commandant.
Midgett, commanded by Capt. Alan McCabe, arrived in Honolulu from Pascagoula, Mississippi on last Friday while the Kimball, commanded by Capt. Holly Harrison, arrived on Dec. 22 last year.
The Legend-class national security cutters are some of the Coast Guard’s newest additions to the fleet and are a capable platform for a wide range of missions including homeland security and defense. They are being manufactured by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
They are 418 feet in length, 54 feet in beam and 4,600 long tons in displacement. They have a top speed of more than 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, an endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 150. These new cutters are replacing the high endurance Hamilton-class cutters (378 feet) that have been in service since the 1960s.
Six NSCs are currently in service. USCGC Hamilton (WMSL-753) and USCGC James (WMSL-754) are stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, and USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751), USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752) and USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) are stationed in Alameda, California.
USCGC Kimball and USGCG Midgett are respectively the seventh and eighth NSC delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard and both will be stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ingalls has one more NSC under construction and two more under contract. Ninth vessel, the future USCGC Stone (WMSL 758), is scheduled for delivery in 2020. In December last year, Ingalls received two fixed-price incentive contracts with a combined value of $931 million to build NSCs 10 and 11.