USCG Christens 9th Legend-class Cutter

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

March 1, 2020

Ship Sponsor Laura Cavallo (center) christens Stone (NSC 9), the Legend-class cutter named for Cavallo’s great uncle, Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone, who was a pioneer in Coast Guard aviation. Also pictured (left to right) are Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS); Alexandra Stone Bongiorno, matron of honor;  Ingalls Shipbuilding President, Brian Cuccias; Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Karl Schultz. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Ship Sponsor Laura Cavallo (center) christens Stone (NSC 9), the Legend-class cutter named for Cavallo’s great uncle, Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone, who was a pioneer in Coast Guard aviation. Also pictured (left to right) are Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS); Alexandra Stone Bongiorno, matron of honor; Ingalls Shipbuilding President, Brian Cuccias; Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Karl Schultz. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

The US Coast Guard ( USCG ) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) christened the future USCGC Stone, the ninth Legend-class national security cutter (NSC), at Ingalls Shipbuilding’s facilities on Saturday, February 29.

The ship honors Coast Guard officer Cmdr. Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone, who made history in 1919 for being one of the two Coast Guard pilots to successfully make the first transatlantic flight in a Navy seaplane. Stone’s great niece, Laura Cavallo, officially christened the ship.

“The success of the National Security Cutter program is a direct reflection of our strong partnership with the Coast Guard and the dedication and capability of a team of Ingalls shipbuilders that continues to successfully deliver some of the most challenging manufacturing projects in the world,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said.

NSCs are 418 feet long with a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.

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