Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered National Security Cutter (NSC) USCGC Stone (WMSL-758) to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Documents signed Monday mark the official transfer of custody of the ship from HII to the Coast Guard. Stone is scheduled to sail away from the shipyard at the end of this year to its homeport in Charleston, South Carolina.
«We could not be prouder to deliver our ninth national security cutter to the Coast Guard», Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. «Ending the year with this significant achievement is a true testament to the perseverance of our shipbuilders. Stone is a powerful ship that will have great opportunities to demonstrate the value of its multi-mission capabilities for many years to come».
NSC-9 is named to honor Coast Guard Commander Elmer «Archie» Fowler Stone, Coast Guard aviator number one, who made history in 1919 for being one of two Coast Guard pilots in the four man air crew who completed the first trans-Atlantic flight in a Navy seaplane.
The Legend-class NSC is the most technologically advanced ship in the Coast Guard’s fleet, which enables it to meet the high demands required for maritime and homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. NSCs are 418 feet/127 m long with a top speed of 28 knots/32 mph/52 km/h, a range of 12,000 NM/13,809 miles/22,224 km, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.
|Displacement||4,500 long tons|
|Length||418 feet/127 m|
|Beam||54 feet/16 m|
|Speed||28 knots/32 mph/52 km/h|
|Range||12,000 NM/13,809 miles/22,224 km|
|Equipped with||Mk-110 57-mm turret mounted gun|
|6 × 12.7-mm/.50 caliber machine guns|
|3D air search radar|
|2 level 1, class 1 aircraft hangers|
|A stern launch ramp for mission boats|
|Aviation carried||(2) MCH, or (4) Vertical-Launch Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VUAV) or (1) MCH and (2) VUAV|
|Stern launch||Two cutter boats (Long Range Interceptor and/or Short Range Prosecutor)|
|Electronic Warfare and Decoys||AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System, Two Super Rapid Bloom Offboard Countermeasures (SRBOC)/2 NULKA countermeasures chaff rapid decoy launcher|
|Communications||HF, VHF & UHF|
|Sensors and Processing Systems||X and S band radar, 3D air search radar, AN/SPQ-9 radar, Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF)|
|Ship||Hull Number||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned|