Ingalls Gets Contract for New Coast Guard Cutter

Ingalls Gets Contract for New Coast Guard Cutter

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $487 million contract to build a sixth national security cutter for the Coast Guard.

The vessel will be called the Munro (WMSL 755). Ingalls says construction will begin in October

A third cutter, Stratton (WMSL 752) was commissioned in 2012. Two more are currently under construction at Ingalls in Pascagoula.

Ingalls has delivered the first three of eight planned cutters. Bertholf (WMSL 750), Waesche (WMSL 751) and Stratton are in service.

The Legend-class ships are the Coast Guard's newest class of technologically advanced cutters. They are replacing Hamilton-class cutters built in the 1960s.

The new cutters can be used for a multitude of tasks, including drug interdiction, law enforcement, search and rescue, environmental protection and national defense missions.

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