U.S. Coast Guard Presented with New Ship
With missions increasing all over the world, the demand for ships in the U.S. Coast Guard is at an all-time high.
Huntington Ingalls Industries delivered the cutter Munro to the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at the Pascagoula Shipyard today. The vessel is one of three ships Ingalls plans to build for the armed forces by 2019.
Legend class national security cutters, like the Munro, have a top speed of 28 knots and need a crew of over 100 personnel to operate.
The ship was named to honor Signal-Man First Class Douglas A. Munro, who lost his life fighting for our country on September 27th, 1942. Captain of the Munro Tom King said, “The specialness of this ship is that it’s being named after Douglas Munro, the Coastguard’s only Medal of Honor recipient. We currently have another cutter Munro. This cutter will be able to carry on the heritage and culture and remembrance and performance to this country.”
U.S. Coast Guard Program Manager Derek Murphy said, “Three years ago, this ship was steel plate and coiled up wire. Here we are three years later standing on an amazing fleet of engineering craftsmanship. I’m just really proud of the men and women who built this ship and I know the Coast Guard can’t wait to take her to sea.”
The Munro is scheduled to sail away in February and will be commissioned in Seattle in April 2017.