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Coast Guard Issues $76.8 million Long Lead Option for NSC

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U.S. Coast Guard issued a $76.8 million contract option to Huntington Ingalls Industries for long lead items for the seventh National Security Cutter, according to the service.

“The funds will be used to purchase components and materials to support construction of the new cutter, including steel plating, propulsion systems, marine turbine/diesel engines, ship integrated control system, switchboards and generators,” according to a Friday release from the Coast Guard.

The option will be the first of two options to fund long lead items for the construction of the ship at the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

The second option is planned to be issued in 2014.

The NSC is a 4,500 long ton ship planned to replace the Hamilton-class cutters that entered the Coast Guard inventory in the late 1960s.

Unlike Navy ships, NSCs are designed to operate independently for long periods without resupply. Under a rotational crew plan the ships can be forward deployed for up to 230 days without returning to homeport.

Categories: Surface Forces, U.S. Coast Guard
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Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.