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      Cutter Hamilton passes trials, to arrive in Charleston in September

      PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WCIV) - The fourth National Security Cutter has passed several days of trials ahead of its deliver to the Coast Guard. The Hamilton will soon be delivered to Charleston.

      The Hamilton conducted the acceptance trials in Pascagoula, Miss., and at sea in the Gulf of Mexico by the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.

      "Hamilton's acceptance trials demonstrated that Ingalls shipyard has built a superb ship that will endure for many decades," said. Capt. Douglas Fears, prospective commanding officer of the Hamilton. "The exceptional craftsmanship in Hamilton will soon be met by the extremely talented Coast Guard men and women that will breathe life into this great ship. We are very excited to get Hamilton to sea and make the cutter's home in Charleston."

      At 418 feet and 4,500 tons, the lead ship in the new Legend-class of national security cutters and is designed to be the flagship of the U.S. Coast Guard's fleet.

      The Coast Guard will work with the shipbuilder, Huntington Ingalls Industries, during the next few weeks to adjudicate identified discrepancies prior to Hamilton's acceptance. Hamilton is scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard in mid-September.

      The ship is named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, who articulated the need for the Revenue Cutter Service in The Federalist Papers and then established it as the first Secretary of Treasury, the forerunner of today's U.S. Coast Guard. It is the sixth Coast Guard cutter to bear the name Hamilton.

      Hamilton is the fourth of eight planned NSC's and the first to be home ported on the East Coast.

      The fifth, named James, and sixth, named Munro, are currently in production at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula. The James was christened on Saturday and will ultimately be home ported in Charleston with Hamilton.

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