Coast Guard to get new cutter

Published 6:28 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding will christen the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Waesche (WAY’-shee) on Saturday at the Pascagoula shipyard where it is being built.

Air Force General Victor E. Renuart Jr., commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, will give the principal speech.

The cutter is being built under contract from Integrated Coast Guard Systems LLP, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

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It is named for the late Admiral Russell Randolph Waesche Sr., former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard from 1936 to 1946.