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USCGC James (WMSL-754)

|Ship image= |Ship caption= |module=<tr> <th height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Career (U.S.)</th> <th style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg</th> </tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Name:</td><td> James</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Namesake:</td><td> Joshua James</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Awarded:</td><td> 9 September 2011</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Builder:</td><td> Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Cost:</td><td> $482.8 Million</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Laid down:</td><td> 17 May 2013</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Launched:</td><td> 3 May 2014</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Sponsored by:</td><td> Charlene Benoit</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Christened:</td><td> August 2014 (planned)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Commissioned:</td><td> FY2015 (planned)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Status:</td><td> Under construction</td></tr> |module2=<tr> <th colspan="2" height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">General characteristics </th></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Displacement:</td><td> 4500 LT</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Length:</td><td> 418 ft (127 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Beam:</td><td> 54 ft (16 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Height:</td><td> 140 ft (43 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Draft:</td><td> 22.5 ft (6.9 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Decks:</td><td> 4</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Propulsion:</td><td> Combined diesel and gas</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Speed:</td><td> 28+ knots</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Range:</td><td> 12,000 nm</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Endurance:</td><td> 60 days</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Crew:</td><td> 111 (15 Officers, 15 CPO, 81 Enlisted)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Sensors and
processing systems:</td><td> X and S band radar, 3D air search radar, AN/SPQ-9 radar</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Electronic warfare
& decoys:</td><td> AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System
2 SRBOC/ 2 NULKA countermeasures chaff/rapid decoy launcher</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Armament:</td><td> 57 mm gun and Gunfire Control System
Close-In Weapons System
4 50 Caliber Machine Guns
2 M240B 7.62mm Light Machine Guns</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Aircraft carried:</td><td> (2) MCH, or (4) VUAV or (1) MCH and (2) VUAV</td></tr> }}

USCGC James (WMSL-754) is the fifth Legend-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard.


USCGC James is named for Joshua James, an American sea captain and a U.S. Life-Saving Service station keeper credited with saving over 600 lives.[1]


Huntington Ingalls Industries, Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi was awarded the $482.8 Million construction contract September 9, 2011.[2] Construction officially began May 14, 2012 with the ceremony marking the cutting of the first 100 tons of steel.[3] The keel was laid on May 17, 2013.[4] The cutter's sponsor is James' great great niece, Charlene Benoit. She is the great grand daughter of Joshua James', brother Samuel James.[5]

James was launched on May 3, 2014. She is scheduled to be christened August 16, 2014 and delivered to the Coast Guard in FY2015.[6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Coast Guard cutter to be named for Joshua James". US Coast Guard. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  2. "Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded $482.8 Million Contract to Build Fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter". Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. "Acquisition Update: Fabrication Starts for U.S. Coast Guard’s Fifth National Security Cutter". US Coast Guard Acquisition. 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. "Acquisition Update: Keel Authenticated for the Fifth National Security Cutter". US Coast Guard Acquisition. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. "Keel Authenticated for Ingalls Shipbuilding's Fifth National Security Cutter". Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  6. "Acquisition Update: Fifth National Security Cutter Launched". US Coast Guard. May 7, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  7. "Ingalls Shipbuilding Launches Fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter". Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 

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