Huntington Ingalls Industries has completed acceptance trials for the U.S. Coast Guard‘s Hamilton national security cutter in preparation for the ship’s delivery and commissioning over the next four months, Defense News reported Saturday.
Christopher Cavas writes that Hamilton is the fourth of eight NSCs that Congress approved for the service and will be the first so far to be based on the Atlantic coast.
“NSC 4 is a significant improvement over the first three. It’s the first fixed-price ship,” said Christie Thomas, director of business development for the NSC program at HII.
She noted that Hamilton is scheduled for delivery on Sept. 15 and commissioning on Dec. 6 in Charleston, South Carolina.
The first three NSCs are based in Alameda, California and the fifth Cutter was christened this past week, Cavas reports.
HII has deployed at least 1,400 workers on the NSC program for up to the sixth cutter, with fabrication on the seventh to officially begin in January.
All NSCs are scheduled to be delivered by 2019, although Thomas has indicated the potential for further work related to the program.
“The NSC work force will start to gradually decline unless there’s a continuation of the NSC line, the [Navy’s] small surface combatant [SSC], or there is any luck with our international pursuits,” she said.