HII Baptizes National Security Cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) | Your money


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi, June 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HII (NYSE:HII) today christened the Legend-class National Security Cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) in the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding Division.

Calhoun (WMSL 759) is named for Charles L. Calhoun, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Chief Petty Officer. Calhoun served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946 as Torpedo Boat Second Class. He enlisted in the Coast Guard that same year and served in various leadership positions during his career.

“Today’s christening is a recognition of an important and valued partnership between our shipyard and the United States Coast Guard,” said Kari Wilkinson, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “We consider it a privilege to build these magnificent ships and as shipbuilders we are honored to carry on the legacy of Master Chief Calhoun.”

The keynote speaker was Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Linda Fagan, who was recently named head of the Coast Guard and is the first female service chief in the armed forces.

“I’m super proud of the Ingalls team, I know how much heart and soul it takes to build a ship like this,” Fagan said. “These national security cutters are absolutely essential to our national security and economic prosperity. We are a global, forward-deployed Coast Guard – conducting exercises with maritime forces, strengthening security partnerships and maritime governance in critical parts of the world right now.

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Christina Calhoun Zubowicz, godmother of the ship and granddaughter of the namesake, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine on the bow.

“On behalf of the Calhoun family, I want to express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful work being done here at Ingalls Shipbuilding,” said Zubowicz. “Rest assured that my grandfather would admire this ship with great pride today, knowing that his name would carry on his life’s work of carrying out the missions of the Coast Guard.”

US Representative Steven Palazzo joined Ingalls Shipbuilding to celebrate the ship’s christening.

“The national security cutters coming out of Ingalls are contributing greatly to our national security, stemming the flow of drugs into our oceans and proving that we have the best shipbuilders here in southern Mississippi,” Palazzo said. “Congratulations to everyone at Ingalls on another successful baptism, and I can’t wait to see the Calhoun (WMSL 759) in action.”

Ingalls Shipbuilding is the sole designer and supplier of the Coast Guard’s Legend Class National Security Cutter. The flagship of the Coast Guard fleet, National Security Cutters are capable of embarking and supporting a wide range of Coast Guard, Navy and NATO manned and unmanned aircraft. National security cutters have proven to be ideal platforms for drug interdiction, global illegal fishing, disaster relief and defense support operations.

Ingalls has delivered nine Legend-class homeland security cutters, with two more under construction. Calhoun, the 10th National Security Cutter, is expected to be delivered early next year.

HII is an all-around defense and technology partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing America’s national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and resilient warships ever built to unmanned systems, ISR and AI analytics. /ML. HII is the industry leader in mission-driven solutions that support and enable strength in all areas. Based in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce numbers 44,000. For more information, please visit:

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