The U.S. Coast Guard is exercising a $76.8 million contract option for another cutter to be built by Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula.
The contract will allow Huntington Ingalls to purchase material and components to support construction of the new seventh cutter at its shipyard in Pascagoula.
The contract will allow Ingalls Shipyard to avoid a break in production and significant added costs.
Ingalls has already produced the first three NSCs for the Coast Guard and another two are under production in Pascagoula. Two others are under construction. A sixth cutter was funded in May.
The Legend-class ships are the Coast Guard's newest class of technologically advanced cutters. They are replacing Hamilton-class cutters built in the 1960s.
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