comscore New $680M Coast Guard cutter arriving in Honolulu | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Every act of aloha counts. Click here to DONATE to the MAUI RELIEF Fund.
Top News

New $680M Coast Guard cutter arriving in Honolulu

Honolulu Star-Advertiser logo
Unlimited access to premium stories for as low as $12.95 /mo.
Get It Now

    The new Coast Guard cutter Kimball is arriving Saturday.

The first of two new $680 million Coast Guard cutters is expected to arrive in Honolulu Saturday, officials said.

The 418-foot Kimball, the seventh of the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters and the first to be homeported in Hawaii, is arriving following a transit from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was built.

The cutters “are designed to be the flagships of the Coast Guard’s fleet, capable of executing the most challenging national security missions, including support to U.S. combatant commanders,” Coast Guard District 14 said in a release.

National Security Cutters have a top speed of more than 32 miles per hour, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, an endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 150.

Eleven of the new cutters so far are planned to replace aging high-endurance Hamilton-class cutters that have been in service in Honolulu and elsewhere since the 1960s.

“Kimball will routinely conduct operations from South America to the Bering Sea,” the Coast Guard said, adding it can be used to conduct alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, counter-narcotics and homeland security operations at great distances from shore.

The new cutters have a 57mm main gun and .50-caliber machine guns. A second National Security Cutter, the Midgett, will arrive in Honolulu next year.

Comments (0)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to view ongoing news coverage of the Maui wildfires. Sign up for our free e-newsletter to get the latest news delivered to your inbox. Download the Honolulu Star-Advertiser mobile app to stay on top of breaking news coverage.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up