Scene on the Sound: the ghost ship comes out of the smoke

Monday, August 27, 2018

National Security Coast Guard Cutter, John Midgett
"ghost" no more - see previous story
Photo by Jan Hansen

What a joy to see our Shoreline Sea again! Today the National Security Coast Guard Cutter, John Midgett, sailed through in clear view. This vessel is not yet one year old and is the eighth ship to be built in her class. She was named to honor the legacy of a brave member of the Coast Guard. gives his story and the vessel’s description:

“We often speak of our service as a family, our Coast Guard family,” said Adm. Charles Michel, vice commandant of the US Coast Guard, who was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. “The Midgett name takes that seriously with a family legacy unprecedented in the armed services, a family that is all about service before self. Such a special name deserves to be emblazoned on a special platform.”

The ship is named to honor John Allen Midgett, who was awarded the Silver Cup by the UK Board of Trade in 1918 for the renowned rescue of 42 British sailors aboard the British tanker Mirlo after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of North Carolina. He was also awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1924.

Midgett was a senior enlisted member of the US Lifesaving Service when it merged with the US Lighthouse Service and US Revenue Cutter Service to become today’s US Coast Guard.

MNSCs are designed to be the flagships of the Coast Guard’s fleet, capable of executing the most challenging national security missions, including support to US combatant commanders. NSCs are 418 feet in length, 54 feet in beam and 4,600 long tons in displacement. They have a top speed in excess of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 150. These new cutters are replacing the aging High Endurance Hamilton class cutters (378 feet) that have been in service since the 1960s. NSCs include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft.


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