Combat-capable Coast Guard cutter to homeport in Honolulu

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii The first of the Coast Guards combat-capable, Legend-class ships to be homeported in Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kimball, was expected Saturday in Honolulu.

Arriving from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was built, the Kimball is the seventh of the Coast Guards new breed of national security cutters to enter the fleet since 2008, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Kimball will routinely conduct operations from South America to the Bering Sea, the statement said.

A second Legend-class ship is expected to homeport in Hawaii next year, the statement said.

They are designed to be the flagships of the Coast Guards fleet, capable of executing the most challenging national security missions, including support to U.S. combatant commanders, the statement said.

The new generation of cutters is the replacement for the 378-foot, high-endurance Hamilton-class cutters that have been in the Coast Guard fleet for more than 50 years.

National security cutters are significantly longer, at 418 feet. They have a top speed of more than 28 knots about 32 mph and a range of 13,800 miles. They can hold a crew of up to 160 and stay at sea for three months, if need be.

Legend-class ships are armed with a 57-millimeter gun, which can fire more than 200 rounds a minute and can be used effectively against a high-speed, maneuvering surface target. Other arms includ....

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