HII christens USCG’s new Legend-class NSC Midgett (WMSL 757)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has christened the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) new Legend-class national security cutter (NSC) as Midgett (WMSL 757).

Christened by the ship’s sponsor Jazania O’Neal, Midgett is the eighth ship in the class that was launched in November.

The NSC has been named in honour of John Allen Midgett who was a senior enlisted member of the US Lifesaving Service.

US Coast Guard vice commandant admiral Charles Michel said: “The Midgett name takes that seriously with a family legacy unprecedented in the armed services, a family that is all about service before self.”

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias added: “And with her, we’ve proven once again that American workers, Ingalls shipbuilders, can take on some of the most challenging manufacturing projects in the world.

“All Ingalls ships are built with one goal in mind: to protect the brave men and women who protect our freedom. Our Ingalls/Coast Guard team continues to get stronger and more efficient with every ship we produce. And Midgett will be no exception.”

The USCG has, so far, received six Legend-class NSCs from Ingalls, with Kimball (WMSL 756) scheduled for delivery in 2018.

The 418ft-long Legend-class NSCs have a full load displacement capacity of 4,500t, a top speed of 28k and a range of 12,000 miles.

Capable of accommodating a crew of 120, the Legend-class cutters are equipped to conduct maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national security missions.

Image: Jazania H. O’Neal smashes a bottle of sparkling wine against the bow of the National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757). Photo: courtesy of Andrew Young/HII.