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Hawaii Coast Guard to get 2 new ships

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:50 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2013

Two of the Coast Guard’s newest class of cutters will be assigned to Hawaii’s 14th Coast Guard District.

Sen. Brian Schatz said the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation — on which he sits as a member — has approved $632 million for the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter program, which allow the Coast Guard to continue acquiring its last two Legend-class cutters. Both will be assigned to the islands.

The Legend — described by the Coast Guard as its largest and most technologically advanced class of cutters — will replace the aging 378-foot Endurance cutters, which have been in service since the 1960s.

The new vessels are 418 feet long with a crew of 148 sailors.

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