Public Invited to Tour Coast Guard’s Newest National Security Cutter

NSC 5 James on builders trials in the Gulf of Mexico March 30, 2015.

NSC 5 James on builders trials in the Gulf of Mexico March 30, 2015.

BOSTON – The Coast Guard’s latest 418-foot National Security Cutter, James (WSML 754), is scheduled to arrive at Coast Guard Base Boston, Monday to celebrate the 225th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The public is invited to tour the new cutter on Tuesday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Base Boston.

The commissioning ceremony of the Coast Guard Cutter James scheduled for Saturday, August 8 in Boston, four days after the Coast Guard’s birthday, is highly symbolic. Notably, it will link the renowned lifesavers of the past, represented by the cutter’s namesake of Capt. Joshua James, to the next generation of men and women serving aboard the Coast Guard’s newest class of cutters. The NSC is the most technologically sophisticated cutter in the Coast Guard fleet and is reflective of how far the U.S. Coast Guard has evolved as a service and deepens our commitment to safeguarding the maritime community.

The James is the fifth of eight planned National Security Cutters – the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutters in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The cutters’ design provides better sea-keeping, higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and range, and the ability to launch and recover small boats from astern, as well as aviation support facilities and a flight deck for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

After the commissioning ceremony, the James will transit to North Charleston, S.C., where the ship will be homeported.

Base Boston is located at 427 Commercial Street.

Visitors must present a valid ID to get on base, only purses and small bags are allowed.

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