US Coast Guard christens ninth Legend-class cutter

Photo: HII/Lance Davis

The US Coast Guard and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) christened the future USCGC Stone, the ninth Legend-class national security cutter (NSC), at Ingalls Shipbuilding’s facilities on Saturday, February 29.

The vessel honours Commander Elmer F. Stone, who made history in 1919 for being one of the two US Coast Guard pilots to successfully make the first transatlantic flight in a US Navy seaplane.

The future Stone will have a length of 127 metres, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, a speed of 28 knots, and a crew of 120.

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