- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Ingalls Shipbuilding is scheduled to deliver its fifth national security cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Ingalls officials say in a news release that the Coast Guard will take possession of the Cutter James on Friday during a ceremony at the Pascagoula shipyard.

The ship bears the name of Capt. Joshua James and was christened by his great-great-niece, Charlene James Benoit in 2014.

James, born in 1826, saved hundreds across his 60-year career. He died at 75 after running a drill with his U.S. Life-Saving Service crew in 1902. The 418-foot-long ship is the first to bear his name.

Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. They will replace the 378-foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters that entered service during the 1960s.

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