Huntington Ingalls to deliver Midgett to USCG

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the eighth US Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Midgett (WMSL 757).

The ship was named Midgett to honor John Allen Midgett, who rescued 42 British sailors on board the British tanker Mirlo, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of North Carolina.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said:  “The National Security Cutter Program is vital to our Coast Guard, our country and to Ingalls Shipbuilding.

“Today, we lay the foundation upon which this great ship will be built. The Midgett, like her sister ships, is being built to the highest quality standards with outstanding cost and schedule performance, and the NSC team is energized to make this one the best yet.”

Ingalls has already delivered six NSCs to the US Coast Guard (USCG), and two more are currently under construction. In addition to Midgett, the seventh NSC, Kimball (WMSL 756), will be delivered next year.

Midgett’s granddaughter and the ship’s sponsor Jazania O’Neal said: “For my grandfather to be memorialized as the namesake for this ship, in the company of the seven other Legend-class ship namesakes, surpasses validation of our heritage on a worldwide scale.

“We wish you well throughout the remaining construction of this fine ship, and we look forward to seeing you at the christening.”

Last year, the ship building company received a $486m fixed-price incentive contract from the USCG to build a ninth National Security Cutter.

Legend-Class National Security Cutters are reported to be the flagships of the USCG, which is also the technologically advanced ships in the Coast Guard’s fleet, with capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national security missions.

Image: USCG to receive National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) from Huntington Ingalls Industries’. Photo: courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.