Ingalls Shipbuilding christens USCG's seventh Legend-class cutter as Kimball

The US Coast Guard's (USCG) seventh Legend-class national security cutter has been christened as Kimball (WMSL 756) at Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The vessel has been named after Sumner I. Kimball, who organised and directed the US Life-Saving Service and was a pioneer in organising all of the different facilities associated with the service, Huntington stated.

Mississippi Representative Steven Palazzo said: “The National Security Cutter is vital to our national security needs.

“Our Coast Guard protects our borders, intercepts drugs up and down our coast, and ensures we are safe here at home. We need these ships now more than ever. We have the greatest shipbuilders in the world building the greatest ships in the world for the greatest customers in the world right here in south Mississippi. And I cannot be prouder of the men and women who built the Kimball.”

To date, Ingalls has delivered six national security cutters to the USCG.

Designed for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national security missions, Kimball is to begin builder’s trials later this year.

The eighth ship, Midgett (WMSL 757) is expected to be launched later this year.

In December last year, Ingalls was awarded a $486m contract to build a ninth cutter for the USCG.

The 418ft-long Legend-class vessels have a 54ft beam and can displace 4,500t with a full load.

These cutters have enough space to accommodate a crew of 120 and they can travel at a maximum speed of 28 knots.

The vessels have a range of 12,000 miles and an endurance of 60 days, according to the company.

Image: Kimball is to begin builder’s trials later this year. Photo: courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.