US Coast Guard receives seventh National Security Cutter
- September 28, 2018
The U.S. Coast Guard took delivery of its seventh national security cutter (NSC), Kimball, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, September 19.
Kimball is scheduled for commissioning at its Honolulu homeport in January 2019 and will be the first NSC to be stationed there.
The NSCs feature advanced C4ISR(command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment) equipment; aviation support facilities; and stern cutter boat launch. The 418ft cutters have an endurance of 60 to 90 days and can serve as operational-level headquarters for complex law-enforcement, defence and national security missions involving coast guard and multiple partner agency participation.
The NSCs will be replacing the 378ft high-endurance cutters of the 1960s-era.
Currently six NSCs are in service. Coast Guard cutters Hamilton and James are stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, and Coast Guard cutters Bertholf, Waesche, Stratton and Munro are stationed in Alameda, California. Midgett, the eighth cutter, is planned for a 2019 delivery; it will be the second NSC stationed in Honolulu. The ninth cutter, Stone, is slated for delivery in 2021. The service awarded a contract in March 2018 for long lead time materials for the 10th NSC.