HII launched the Legend-class nationwide safety cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) on Saturday on the firm’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Launching Calhoun is the primary of a sequence of great milestone occasions in bringing the ship to life. With the help of tugs, Calhoun got here off the floating dry dock Saturday, after first being translated through Ingalls’ rail automobile system. The dock was moved away from the pier after which ballasted to drift off the ship. Ingalls Shipbuilding is the only real designer and supplier of the Coast Guard Legend-class nationwide safety cutter. The flagship of the Coast Guard fleet, NSCs are able to embarking and supporting a variety of Coast Guard, Navy and NATO manned and unmanned plane.

“The nationwide safety cutters are critically vital to the protection and safety of our nation,” stated Kari Wilkinson, president of HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. “I’m very happy with our NSC workforce who continues to construct efficiencies right into a mature program line to ship the Coast Guard’s most superior cutters. Our shipbuilders are proud and honored to construct these magnificent ships, and we all know that this ship named after the primary Grasp Chief Petty of the Coast Guard, Charles L. Calhoun, has particular which means for the U.S. Coast Guard.”


NSCs have confirmed to be best platforms for drug interdiction, world unlawful fishing, catastrophe aid and protection help operations. Ingalls has delivered 9 Legend-class NSCs, and two extra are underneath development. In November of 2020, the ninth NSC, Stone (WMSL 758), was delivered to the Coast Guard and proceeded to conduct an unprecedented 68-day shakedown patrol, which resulted in a drug bust inside two weeks of sail away and an in depth unlawful, unreported and unregulated fishing enforcement patrol off the coast of South America. Calhoun, the tenth NSC, is scheduled to be christened at Ingalls Shipbuilding in June 2022 and anticipated to be delivered in early 2023.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is an all-domain protection and applied sciences companion, acknowledged worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year historical past of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. nationwide safety, HII delivers essential capabilities starting from probably the most highly effective and survivable naval ships ever constructed, to unmanned techniques, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the business in mission-driven options that help and allow an all-domain drive. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s expert workforce is 44,000 robust.