HII begins manufacturing Friedman national security cutter
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi – The Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries today announced the start of manufacturing of the Legend Friedman Class National Security Knife (WMSL 760). The start of manufacturing means the first 100 tons of steel have been cut, the company said in a May 11 statement.
“Our people have invested over a decade of effort, creativity and determination to make the Legend Class National Security Cutter production line incredibly efficient and strong,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson. . “We are delighted to have taken this step and will continue to seek any additional opportunity in our processes and approaches to provide the most affordable and efficient vessels to our customers.
NSC 11 is named in honor of Elizebeth Smith Friedman. Friedman was a code breaker during the Prohibition Era who, as a civilian, intercepted and resolved coded messages from racketeers and gangs and delivered them to the Coast Guard. During World War II, she worked against German spy communications and developed information essential to counterintelligence work in the southern hemisphere. Friedman’s work resulted in hundreds of criminal prosecutions, saved thousands of lives, and laid the foundation for cryptology science and the creation of the modern National Security Agency.
The Legend Class NSC is the most technologically advanced vessel in the Coast Guard fleet, enabling it to meet the high demands required for maritime and domestic security, law enforcement, maritime security, environmental protection and national defense. The NSCs are 418 feet long with a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, a range of 60 days and a crew of 120.