The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Karl L. Schultz has selected the name of the Coast Guard’s 10th National Security Cutter as USCGC Calhoun (WMSL-759) after the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG), Charles L. Calhoun.
The naming was announced by the current Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason M. Vanderhaden in a Facebook post on Oct. 25.
Charles L. Calhoun served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II and was honorably discharged on Feb. 21, 1946, as a Torpedoman Second Class. He enlisted in the Coast Guard on Sept. 20, 1946, and over the course of 14 years held varying positions of leadership. He served as the MCPOCG from Aug. 27, 1969 until Aug. 1, 1973.
The Legend-class cutter, also known as the National Security Cutter (NSC) and Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL), is the largest and most technologically advanced active patrol cutter class of the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessels are being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division at its Pascagoula, Miss. facility.
Entering into service in 2008, the Legend-class is the largest of several new cutter designs developed as part of the Integrated Deepwater System Program.
NSCs are capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. They include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft.
The Legend-class cutters are equipped with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection, and national defense missions.
Ingalls has already delivered eight Legend-class NSCs, with two more under construction and one additional under contract. The future USCGCStone (WMSL 758), the ninth NSC, is scheduled for delivery in 2020.
A heavily armed and enlarged frigate design based on NSC hull form was entered into the U.S. Navy’s FFG(X) program which will procure 20 frigates starting in 2020. On February 2018, it was announced that this design was one of five finalists that would be considered going forward.