PHOTO RELEASE -- Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson and U.S. Rep. Palazzo
Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding
PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted a visit by
Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep. Steven
Palazzo (R-Miss.) today. Johnson and Palazzo toured the shipyard and the
Ingalls-built National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753).
"Today was a great opportunity to show Secretary Johnson the quality
craftsmanship of our shipbuilders," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian
Cuccias. "We have a hot production line with our National Security Cutters
with three ships already delivered and three more in production. These cutters
play a significant role in homeland security operations, and all of the
shipbuilders at Ingalls take pride in providing an agile and innovative ship
that the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard need to perform their
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Johnson and Palazzo were also shown Ingalls' fifth NSC, James (WMSL 754), as
the ship is preparing to move to the shipyard's drydock and launch next
weekend. A sixth NSC (WMSL 755) began construction late last year and will be
launched in the fourth quarter of 2015.
"When I invited Secretary Johnson to South Mississippi earlier this year, I
wanted him to see firsthand what Mississippi's world-class workforce could
do," Palazzo said. "The National Security Cutters are extremely versatile,
high-value ships that Huntington Ingalls and its employees continue to deliver
on time and on budget. I am thankful for Secretary Johnson's visit, and I will
continue to work with him and my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee
and in Congress to ensure funding for the eighth National Security Cutter."
Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard's cutter fleet.
Designed to replace the 378‐foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters that
entered service during the 1960s, they are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam
and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a
range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.
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 and a flight deck to accommodate a range of
manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. The Legend class is the largest and
most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust
capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety,
environmental protection and national defense missions. NSCs play an important
role enhancing the Coast Guard's operational readiness, capacity and
effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been
Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
more than 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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CONTACT: Bill Glenn
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