Huntington Ingalls IndustriesÂ (NYSE: HII) has securedÂ aÂ $486 million contract to buildÂ aÂ ninthÂ National Security CutterÂ for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The company said FridayÂ thatÂ Legend-class NSCsÂ are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet and willÂ replaceÂ 12 currentÂ Hamilton-class cutters.
HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division has providedÂ six NSCs to the service branch and is scheduled toÂ deliver two more Legend-class ships dubbed Kimball and Midgett in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
NSCs work toÂ supportÂ maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national security missions.
The 418-foot-long cutters are designed to operate at a speed of up to 28 knots, displace nearly 4, 500 tons ofÂ cargo and carry as many as 120 personnel for up to 60 days.