The Sun Herald, 8/9/7

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula has been awarded a $592 million contract to build a third Coast Guard National Security Cutter, U.S. Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran said Thursday.

“The NSCs will replace Coast Guard cutters that are almost 40 years old,” said Lott, R-Miss. “This new class of ships will significantly increase the capability and capacity of our Coast Guard, enhancing its ability to meet today’s challenges, including illegal drug interdiction and guarding our shores against terrorist threats.”