USCG’s New Cutter James Completes Acceptance Trials
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), James (WMSL 754), has successfully completed her acceptance trials.
The Ingalls-built NSC spent two full days in the Gulf of Mexico proving the ship’s systems.
With the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) on board, Ingalls’ test and trials team led the sea trials and conducted extensive testing of the propulsion, electrical, damage control, anchor handling, small boat operations and combat systems. The team also completed a full-power propulsion run on James.
Richard Schenk, Ingalls’ vice president, program management and test and trials, said:
In this two-day span, the Ingalls team performed 131 different events and showed INSURV the outstanding abilities of James.
Ingalls has delivered four NSCs and has three more, including James, under construction. Earlier this year, a construction contract was awarded for an eighth NSC.
The ship is named to honor Capt. Joshua James, one of the world’s most celebrated lifesavers. His lifesaving experience began at age 15 when he joined the Massachusetts Humane Society. Over the years, he was credited for saving more than 600 lives until the time of his death at age 75. He was on duty with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which later merged into the U.S. Coast Guard.