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Ingalls authenticates keel for sixth Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has authenticated the keel of the sixth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Munro (WMSL 755).

The ship is named to honor Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro. Munro died on Sept. 27, 1942, on Guadalcanal while rescuing a detachment of Marines. For his actions, Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He is the Coast Guard’s sole recipient of the award.

The initials of Julie Sheehan, Munro’s great-niece and the ship’s sponsor, were welded yesterday onto a keel plate.

Ingalls has delivered four NSCs. Three more are currently under construction.

Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. They will replace the 378-foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters that entered service during the 1960s.

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