The U.S. Coast Guard
honored a Northrop Grumman Corporation shipbuilding team for
their Hurricane Katrina recovery performance on the first Deepwater
National Security Cutter.
Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector resumed shipbuilding
just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina. The company is building the
National Security Cutter at their Pascagoula facility
, under contract
from Integrated Coast Guard Systems LLP, a joint venture of Northrop
Grumman and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman
, program executive
officer for the Integrated Deepwater System program, praised the
shipbuilding team, saying, "What you have collectively experienced here
with Katrina and the challenge of coming together in order to infuse
your character, competency, commitment and most of all your sense of
community into the decks of this ship is a legacy. It is a legacy that
will take young men and women to sea and mold their character as yours
has been molded in confronting the challenges that mark our existence."
Stillman toured the ship with shipyard management and
acknowledged the efforts of 30 shipbuilders by presenting them with
Deepwater Awards for Excellence. The awards read, "We are pleased to
commend you for your exemplary performance of duty while assigned to
the Integrated Deepwater System program and team during the recovery
and restoration efforts resulting from Hurricane Katrina."
"I can't thank you enough for what you've done," Stillman said,
at the end of his tour. "There is no question in my mind that this
ship will sail carrying a standard of excellence that is unrivaled
because of you."
The National Security Cutter will be a 418-foot ship with a
4,300-ton displacement at full load. Powered by a twin-screw combined
diesel-and-gas turbine-power propulsion plant, the National Security
Cutter is designed to travel at 28 knots max speed. The cutter will
include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid-hull inflatable
boats; a flight deck to accommodate a range of rotary-wing manned and
unmanned aircraft and state-of-the-art command-and-control electronics.