Christening of the Munro

The Coast Guard christened the sixh National Security Cutter, Munro, at Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss., Nov. 14, 2015.

The Coast Guard christened the sixh National Security Cutter, Munro, at Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss., Nov. 14, 2015.

 

The Coast Guard christened the sixth National Security Cutter, Munro, at Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss., on Nov. 14, 2015. Ms. Julie Sheehan, the cutter’s sponsor and Douglas Munro’s great niece, marked the occasion with the time-honored tradition of breaking a champagne bottle on the cutter’s bow, officially giving NSC 6 the name Munro.

 

Munro is named after Signalman First Class Douglas Munro. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. On Sept. 27, 1942, Munro gave his life saving the lives of countless Marines at Guadalcanal.

 

“When you think of Douglas Munro, you think of our core values: Honor, respect and devotion to duty,” said Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard. “When you think of devotion to duty, Douglas Munro used his Higgins Boat to shield Marines, was mortally wounded and then his final words were ‘Did they get off?’. It’s important that legacy lives on. And that will live on for many years to come, in the name of Coast Guard Cutter Munro.”

Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, spoke at the christening ceremony of the Munro, at Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss., Nov. 14, 2015.

Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, spoke at the christening ceremony of the Munro, at Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss., Nov. 14, 2015.

 

The NSC is the most technologically sophisticated cutter in the Coast Guard fleet, capable of performing critical homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions in the most demanding open ocean environments. The cutter is 418 feet long, has a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles and endurance to perform 60- to 90-day patrols.

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