U.S. Coast Guard’s newest Cutter arrives at its new homeport in Hawaii
The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that its newest Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) arrived at its new homeport in Honolulu Friday.
The Midgett is the eighth of the Coast Guard’s national security cutters and the second to be homeported in Hawaii, according to Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Masaschi. Its sister ship, the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) arrived Dec. 22, 2018.
Both cutters are scheduled to be commissioned Aug. 24 during a ceremony presided over by Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard’s commandant.
“The U.S. Coast Guard has an enduring role in the Indo-Pacific Region, going back over 150 years, and our commitment today is as strong as ever,” said Schultz. “The national security cutters are the flagships of the fleet, and the homeporting of the Kimball and Midgett in Hawaii and their future deployments throughout the Indo-Pacific demonstrate the U.S. Coast Guard’s dedication to safeguarding the nation’s maritime safety, security and economic interests throughout the region.”
Advanced command-and-control capabilities and an unmatched combination of range, speed and ability to operate in extreme weather enable national security cutters to deploy globally to confront national security threats, to strengthen maritime governance, to support economic prosperity and to promote individual sovereignty.
Known as the Legend-class, national security cutters are capable of executing the most challenging national security missions, including support to U.S. combatant commanders. They are 418 feet in length, 54 feet in beam and 4,600 long tons in displacement. They have a top speed of more than 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, an endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 150. These new cutters are replacing the high endurance Hamilton-class cutters (378 feet) that have been in service since the 1960s.
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