National Security Cutter (NSC)

The national security cutters (NCS) are replacing the aging 378' high endurance cutters.  The first three NSCs, Bertolf, Waesche, and Stratton, are homeported in Alameda, CA and the fourth NSC, the Hamilton, is homeported in Charleston, SC.  Hulls 5, 6, and 7 are currently being built in Pascagoula, MS.

The Human Systems Integration team, specifically the system safety domain, continue to support various analysis on the NSCs to include:

  • System Safety engineering and technical support through completion of a comprehensive Total-Ship System Safety Hazard Analysis on NSC’s Hydraulic, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) systems and an Operational and Support Hazard Analysis (O&SHA) sufficient to successfully complete exit criteria for NSC’s Operational Test Readiness Review (OTRR) and Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E).
  • Human Factors Engineering and technical support through completion of a Usability Analysis (UA) and Report on NSC’s Coast Guard Machinery Control System (CGMCS) to evaluate the ability of the design to support operator cognitive requirements and mitigate human error hazards.
  • Perform as NSC System Safety Manager along with conducting ongoing hazard assessments and life-cycle closed-loop hazard tracking for entire NSC fleet.

More information on NSCs can be found on the Acquisition Directorate's (CG-9) website.