CHARLESTON (AP) — A cutter that will be based in Charleston is almost ready for service in the Coast Guard.


The Coast Guard announced in a release on Monday that the National Security Cutter Hamilton last week successfully completed acceptance trials in Mississippi and in the Gulf of Mexico.


The trials, conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey, are the final checks of a new vessel before the government takes ownership from the builder.


The Hamilton is the fourth of the Coast Guard’s new national security cutters and the first that will be based on the East Coast.


The Hamilton is expected to be delivered to the Coast Guard by the middle of next month.


Charleston-bound cutter completes trials