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National Security Cutter Hamilton Christened at Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, Miss.–Mississippi’s Huntington Ingalls turned out another ship that will be used to keep America safe this weekend as the Hamilton, a national Security cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard was christened.

The ship, like its predecessors, was named for Alexander Hamilton, one of the framers of the country and the author of the Federalist Papers. Hamilton is also revered as the “father of the Coast Guard”, having called for ships to guard the country.

On hand for the ceremony was David Hamilton, a direct descendant, who said he was proud that the Coast Guard was naming the ship after Hamilton. The last ship Hamilton was decommissioned in 2011. That was a high endurance cutter.

The Alexander Hamilton was a revenue cutter, which was in service at the beginning of the 1900s.

“I’m…amazed at Ingalls Shipbuilding and the pride they take in building this ship and the pride the Coast Guard has in the influence Alexander Hamilton had in their history,” said the younger Hamilton Saturday, surrounded by dignitaries.

Ingalls has ramped up production of ships and has begun adding thousands of jobs as a result. It is a major player in the production of ships for the Navy and Coast Guard.

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