Newest Coast Guard cutter departs shipyard, bound for Charleston homeport
By WARREN KULO | al.com | Published: December 27, 2020
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Tribune News Service) — The newest U.S. Coast Guard Cutter departed Ingalls Shipbuilding last week, headed for its homeport in Charleston, S.C.
NSC Stone (WMSL 758) is the ninth Legend-class National Security Cutter delivered to the Coast Guard by the Pascagoula shipyard. One more is under construction and another under contract.
“I cannot think of a better ending to 2020 than seeing the look of pride on the faces of our shipbuilders as Stone sails away from our shipyard to join the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet,” said Ingalls president Brian Cuccias. “Our workforce has provided the Coast Guard with another state-of-the-art, highly capable national security cutter that will work for decades to come to ensure our nation’s maritime safety and security.”
Stone is scheduled to be commissioned into the USCG fleet in early 2021 and will join sister ships Hamilton (WMSL 753) and James (WMSL 754) at the Charleston homeport.
Stone is named in honor of Coast Guard Commander Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone, Coast Guard Aviator Number One, who made history in 1919 as one of two USCG pilots in a four-man crew who completed the first trans- Atlantic flight in a U.S. 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 long with a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.