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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Ingalls Shipbuilding has completed acceptance sea trials for the company's fourth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Hamilton.

Jim French, Ingalls' NSC program manager, tells The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/XxyPzV ) the Hamilton is scheduled to be delivered next month and commissioned on Dec. 6 in Charleston, South Carolina.

French says the ship was underway for a two-day period in the Gulf of Mexico, performing numerous tests and demonstrations of shipboard systems for the Board of Inspection and Survey.

Ingalls has delivered three of the ships so far. Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton are in service.

Two others besides Hamilton -- James and Munro -- are also currently under construction.

A seventh NSC, Kimball, is scheduled to begin construction in early 2015.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press,

http://www.gulflive.com

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