WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard's third National Security Cutter has completed rigorous acceptance trials to ensure the cutter meets contractual requirements.
Testing of the USCGC Stratton, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries, was conducted by the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.
The Coast Guard said the acceptance trials resulted in two starred cards for Stratton, compared to three starred cards for the second National Security Cutter, the USCGC Waesche, and eight starred cards for the first National Security Cutter, the USCGC Bertholf.
Starred cards are discrepancies that must be corrected before delivery or waived by the government.
Acceptance trials are the final significant milestone before the government takes ownership of a new cutter. Representatives from the Board of Inspection and Survey inspected Stratton's systems, tested shipboard equipment, examined the quality of the cutter's construction and evaluated its performance and compliance with the contractual specifications to identify any major deficiencies that need to be corrected prior to delivery.
"NSC 3 acceptance trials were a very safe and well-executed evolution," said Rear Adm. Bruce D. Baffer, the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate's program executive officer. "We got underway on schedule, successfully demonstrated all contractual requirements and returned three hours early, flying two brooms, signifying a clean sweep of all challenges during at-sea testing."
The Board of Inspection and Survey will soon make a formal recommendation regarding the cutter's acceptance to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will work with Huntington Ingalls during the next few weeks to adjudicate identified discrepancies prior to Stratton's acceptance.
Stratton is expected to be delivered to the Coast Guard in September.