Huntington Ingalls‘ (NYSE: HII) shipbuilding arm will build the U.S. Coast Guard‘s seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter ship under a $497 million contract.
Ingalls Shipbuilding has delivered three NSCs to the Coast Guard and three other ships are currently in various phases of construction, the company announced Monday.
Jim French, NSC program manager for Ingalls Shipbuilding, said the division will start constructing the unnamed seventh ship in January 2015.
NSC Hamilton is scheduled for delivery sometime in the third quarter of the company’s 2014 fiscal year, James is scheduled to launch in April and the sixth ship is slated to launch in fourth quarter 2015.
National Security Cutters are intended to replace the Coast Guard’s 378-foot Hamilton-class cutters that entered service in the 1960s.
Each NSC is built with an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hill inflatable boats and a flight deck for both manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft.