Delegation praises $487 million Pascagoula contract to build Coast Guard cutter

May 1, 2013

Economic Development

WASHINGTON – Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Roger Wicker and Rep. Steven Palazzo are praising the award of a $487 million contract that will allow shipyard workers in Mississippi to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with its sixth National Security Cutter (NSC).

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded the “fixed-price incentive firm target contract” to Huntington Ingalls Industries for the NSC #6 to be built at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The shipyard is already working on producing two other NSC vessels, which are the most technologically-capable ships available to carry out the Coast Guard mission.

A Coast Guard National Security cutter.

A Coast Guard National Security cutter.

The Coast Guard plans to procure a total of eight NSCs as a minimum baseline needed to meet mission requirements.

“This contract will allow workers in South Mississippi to carry on with their good work of producing the best ships available to serve our national and homeland security interests,” said Cochran, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Coast Guard. “I also appreciate that this award keeps the Coast Guard’s modernization plans on track and gives our Mississippi Gulf Coast more economic growth and certainty.”

“These ships are the cornerstone of the Coast Guard’s new modern fleet,” said Wicker, who serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which oversees the Coast Guard. “During a recent hearing, I was pleased to hear the Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Robert Papp, express his strong commitment to fund all eight National Security Cutters. The NSC allows the Coast Guard to continue undertaking safety and security missions around the globe. The new contract is a testament to the pride and professionalism of Mississippi’s shipbuilders who construct these vessels.”

“These state-of-the-art cutters are some of the most direct contributions Mississippi makes in support of our nation’s homeland security,” said Palazzo, member of the House Homeland Security Committee. “They are an invaluable maritime asset for the Coast Guard, law enforcement, and the Department of Defense, and Pascagoula is the only place they are produced.”

The Huntington Ingalls shipyard has already produced the first three NSCs for the Coast Guard and another two are under production in Pascagoula. NSC #4 is approximately 39 percent complete and NSC #5 is about 16 percent complete. The FY2014 budget request recommends $616 million to fully fund NSC #7.

Links:

• USCG National Security Cutter: http://bit.ly/YmcCUj

• Huntington Ingalls Industries: http://bit.ly/17xpis6

Source: Office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran

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