US Coast Guard and HII christened USCGC Stone
The US Coast Guard ( USCG ) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) christened the ninth Legend-class national security cutter (NSC), at Ingalls Shipbuilding’s facilities on Feb 29.
The vessel honours Commander Elmer F. Stone, who made history in 1919 for being one of the two US Coast Guard pilots to successfully make the first transatlantic flight in a US Navy seaplane.
“I visited Stone before she was in the water last year, and I talked to some of the shipbuilders.You could tell that they weren’t just building a ship, they were building a Coast Guard cutter. They were building a ship that was going to do the deeds our nation needed them to do,” Coast Guard Vice Commandant Admiral Charles Ray said.
The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. The cutter includes 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 future Stone will have a length of 127 metres, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, a speed of 28 knots, and a crew of 120.
Maritime Business World