The Coast Guard has issued a $499.8 million contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries final Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC), HII announced this week.
The fixed price incentive contract will pay for the construction of the eighth NSC — Midgett (WMSL-757) — at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss.
HII has delivered four of the cutters to the Coast Guard and three — James (WMSL-754), Munro (WMSL-755) and Kimball (WMSL-756) are currently under construction.
“We are performing extremely well in this program, proving the point that serial production is the most efficient and effective way to build complex military ships,” Jim French, Ingalls’ National Security Cutter program manager, said in a statement.
“We continue to fold in learning for each ship we build, and the three under construction right now are tracking well because of this knowledge.”
The construction award follows a July $76.5 million long-lead materials contract to HII for Midgett.
The 4,500-ton cutters are designed to operate up to 60 days at sea at a time and can be forward deployed for up to 230 days at a time under a rotational crewing scheme.
Midgett is due to deliver in 2019.