Last week, the Coast Guard announced that the fifth of eight planned national security cutters would be built and named in honor of service legend Joshua James – credited with saving more than 600 souls along the New England coastline over a nearly 60-year career in the U.S. Life-Saving Service.
“Our new national security cutters are being named after legends who define the 221-year legacy of our service,” said Rear Adm. John Korn, assistant commandant for acquisition. “It seems only fitting for a cutter that will protect the lives of millions of Americans to bear the name James.”
The 418-foot national security cutter is the newest addition to the Coast Guard fleet with an operational range of 12,000 nautical miles, a top speed of 28 knots and capable of extended 90-day patrols at sea.
“With their unmatched combination of range, speed and ability to operate in extreme weather conditions, the case for the national security cutter is simple – we are a safer and more secure nation when they are patrolling the high seas,” said Korn. “From South America to the Bering Sea on missions ranging from counter-drug and homeland security operations to search and rescue, these cutters do what no other ships in America’s fleets can.”
Two national security cutters, Bertholf and Waesche, are currently commissioned Coast Guard cutters. Stratton, currently in the hands of the crew, will be the third NSC commissioned in Spring 2012 with Hamilton entering the fabrication stage in Pascagoula, Miss., last month.
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