PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has started construction on the Hamilton, the fourth Legend-class national security cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Mississippi Press reports the start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut.
Hamilton is the fourth of eight planned ships in this new class of technologically advanced multi-mission cutters. Bertholf and Waesche have been commissioned and are on duty, and Stratton successfully completed acceptance sea trials earlier this month and is slated for delivery on Friday.
Last November, Ingalls received a $480-million contract to build Hamilton, which is scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard in fall 2014.
The 418-foot ships are the largest cutters in the Coast Guard and can be used for a multitude of missions. They are replacing 1960s-era cutters.