31 thoughts on “Status of the NSC Program

  1. Does that mean the CG completed the survey and supportability plan for the longer deployments as required by the last authorization bill? This plan wad required prior to beginning the next hull…

    • I cannot figure out why Joshua James is a namesake. He was in the LSS, not the RCS, and put in only about three years in the LSS. I know I’ve questioned the use of some in the past but James really did not do anything for the RCS or LSS to warrant all this acclaim. Just more wishful history of the Coast Guard.

      • Bill, per the article, “James is credited with saving more than 600 lives during 60 years of service, from the age of 15 until his death at age 75.” Not true?

  2. Huntington Ingalls is reporting that USCGC Munro has completed builder’s trials.


    “Ingalls has delivered the first five NSCs and has three more under construction, including Munro (WMSL 755), set to deliver in the fourth quarter of this year. Kimball (WMSL 756) is scheduled for delivery in 2018, and Midgett (WMSL 757) in 2019.”

    • Chuck

      Here is a a bit of news about USCGC Munro both WMLS- 755 & WHEC-726.

      R 071254 JUN 16
      UNCLAS //N02000//
      ALCOAST 210/16
      COMDTNOTE 2000
      A. CG-751 memo 4570 of 09 Feb 15 (CG-7 approved)
      1. CGC MUNRO (WMSL 755) will enter service in December 2016 and be
      commissioned in April 2017.
      2. CGC MUNRO (WHEC 724) is scheduled to remain in service until 2022.
      3. Effective immediately IAW Ref A, to account for two cutters both
      named MUNRO:
      a. CGC MUNRO (WHEC 724) PLAD is changed to “USCGC DOUGLAS MUNRO”
      b. CGC MUNRO (WMSL 755) will assume the “USCGC MUNRO” PLAD.
      4. CG-751 POC is LT Peter Lang, Email: Peter.M.Lang@uscg.mil,
      Phone: (202) 372-2343.
      5. RDML J. P. Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Capability, sends.
      6. Internet release is authorized.

      So what do you think of that ideal?

  3. “Midgett, the eighth national security cutter (NSC), departed today from Pascagoula, Mississippi, bound for Honolulu, Hawaii. The ship will be stationed in Honolulu along with the seventh NSC, Kimball, and fast response cutters (FRCs) Joseph Gerczak and Oliver Berry. FRC William Hart, scheduled for commissioning in late 2019, will also be stationed there.”

      • Both Midgett and Kimball are to be commissioned in August. I have not heard where the commissionings will take place, but both are to be homeported in Honolulu.

  4. NSC USCGC Midgett in has joined USCGC Kimball in Honolulu. Both ships are to be commissioned Aug. 24. Currently only two NSCs are planned for 14th District. Perhaps if there is a NSC#12? As is, four in Alameda, planned for Charleston, and two for Honolulu.

    Some great photos of Midgett and Kimball underway together here.

  5. Ninth NSC launched, but will not be commissioned until FY2021.
    Ninth National Security Cutter Launched

    “Oct. 9, 2019 — Huntington Ingalls Industries launched the Coast Guard’s ninth national security cutter (NSC), Stone, on Oct. 4, 2019. The cutter is scheduled for delivery in fiscal year 2021. Its namesake, Elmer Fowler Stone, was a Coast Guard innovator and aviator who in May 1919 became the first person to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic.”

  6. ALCOAST announcing the name of NSC#10: Master Chief Calhoun did get around:

    R 191116 NOV 19
    ALCOAST 362/19
    COMDTNOTE 5700
    1. The Coast Guard named the 10th Legend-Class National Security Cutter (NSC) for the first
    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Charles Luther Calhoun.
    2. Master Chief Calhoun volunteered for service with the U.S. Navy in 1943. Aboard the escort
    carrier USS LUNGA POINT, he experienced firsthand the toughest battles fought in the Pacific
    Theater: Leyte Gulf, Luzon, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. USS LUNGA POINT was awarded the
    Presidential Unit Commendation Award for “extraordinary heroism and action against enemy
    Japanese forces in the air, ashore, and afloat.” After being honorably discharged as a
    Torpedo man Second Class on February 21, 1946, Calhoun enlisted as a Boatswain’s Mate
    Second Class in the U.S. Coast Guard on September 20, 1946. During his illustrious 30 years of
    active service, Calhoun served 14 years at sea including a tour aboard the USCGC POINT
    ORIENT in Vietnam. On their first patrol, the crew sighted and exchanged fire with an enemy
    company of soldiers ashore, becoming the first Coast Guard cutter to fire a shot in that war.
    On August 27, 1969, in a somewhat quiet, yet monumental moment in our Service’s history,
    Calhoun “assumed the watch” as the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, a
    position he held from August 2, 1969, until he retired on August 1, 1973. He crossed the bar in
    3. The NSC is the largest and most technologically sophisticated vessel in the Coast Guard fleet.
    The 418-foot cutter is capable of operating in the most demanding open ocean environments,
    including the hazardous fisheries of the North Pacific and the vast approaches of the eastern
    Pacific, where much of the American narcotics traffic originates. With robust command, control,
    communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; stern boat
    launch and aviation facilities; and long-endurance station keeping, the NSCs are exceptionally
    well-suited for complex law enforcement and national security missions integrating multiple
    Coast Guard and partner-agency units.
    4. The Legend-Class has a tradition of honoring women and men who have a legendary status in
    the Coast Guard’s rich history. These individuals reflect a diversity of missions, historical
    periods, and career backgrounds, and they continue to inspire us to this day.
    5. These ships are replacing the 378-foot High Endurance Cutters, which have been in service
    since the 1960s. There are eight Legend-Class NSCs currently in service. Coast Guard Cutters
    BERTHOLF, WAESCHE, STRATTON, and MUNRO are stationed in Alameda, California;
    HAMILTON and JAMES are in Charleston, South Carolina; and KIMBALL and MIDGETT are
    in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ninth cutter, STONE, is slated for delivery in fiscal year 2021. On
    December 21, 2018, the Service awarded a fixed-price contract option for the production of the
    10th and 11th NSCs. For more information, visit: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-
    6. RADM Melissa Bert, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, sends.
    7. Internet release is authorized.

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