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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.

EtymologyEdit

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]

HistoryEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Coast Guard cutter to be named for Joshua James". US Coast Guard. 2011-09-12. http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2011/09/coast-guard-cutter-to-be-named-for-joshua-james/. 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. http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/News-Releases/Photo-Release-Ingalls-Shipbuilding-Awarded-482-8-Million-Contract-to-Build-Fifth-U-S-Coast-Guar-10a.aspx. 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. http://www.uscg.mil/Acquisition/newsroom/updates/nsc051412.asp. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. "Acquisition Update: Keel Authenticated for the Fifth National Security Cutter". US Coast Guard Acquisition. 2013-05-17. http://www.uscg.mil/Acquisition/newsroom/updates/nsc051713.asp. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. "Keel Authenticated for Ingalls Shipbuilding's Fifth National Security Cutter". Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. 2013-05-17. http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/News-Releases/Photo-Release-Keel-Authenticated-for-Ingalls-Shipbuilding-s-Fifth-National-Security-Cutter-305.aspx. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  6. "Acquisition Update: Fifth National Security Cutter Launched". US Coast Guard. May 7, 2014. http://www.uscg.mil/Acquisition/newsroom/updates/nsc050714.asp. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  7. "Ingalls Shipbuilding Launches Fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter". Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. May 6, 2014. http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/News-Releases/Video-Release-Ingalls-Shipbuilding-Launches-Fifth-U-S-Coast-Guard-National-Security-Cutter-3cd.aspx. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 


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