USCGC Stratton

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USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752)
USCGC Stratton San Diego.jpg
USCGC Stratton in 2016
United States
Namesake: Dorothy C. Stratton
Ordered: January 2001
Laid down: July 20, 2009
Launched: July 23, 2010
Sponsored by: Michelle Obama
Christened: July 23, 2010
Acquired: September 2, 2011
Commissioned: March 31, 2012
Motto: "We Can't Afford Not To"
USCGC Stratton.jpg
General characteristics
Displacement: 4500 LT
Length: 418 ft (127 m)
Beam: 54 ft (16 m)
Height: 140 ft (43 m)
Draft: 22.5 ft (6.9 m)
Decks: 4
Propulsion: Combined diesel and gas
Speed: 28+ knots
Range: 12,000 nm
Endurance: 60 days
Complement: 113 (14 officers + 99 enlisted) and can carry up to 148 depending on mission[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • EADS 3D TRS-16 AN/SPS-75 Air Search Radar
  • SPQ-9B Fire Control Radar
  • AN/SPS-73 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SLQ-32
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System
  • 2 SRBOC/ 2 x NULKA countermeasures chaff/rapid decoy launcher
Armor: Ballistic protection for main gun
Aircraft carried: 1 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH and 2 x sUAS [2]
Aviation facilities: 50-by-80-foot (15 m × 24 m) flight deck, hangar for all aircraft

USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752) is the third Legend-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard. It is the first "white hull" cutter named after a woman since the 1980s (USCGC Harriet Lane was launched in 1984). Stratton is named for Coast Guard Captain Dorothy C. Stratton (1899–2006). Stratton served as director of the SPARS, the Coast Guard Women's Reserve during World War II.[3]


Construction began in 2008 by Northrop Grumman's Ship System Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The keel was laid on July 20, 2009. The cutter's sponsor is Michelle Obama, who is the first First Lady to sponsor a Coast Guard cutter.[4]

On July 23, 2010 Michelle Obama christened the cutter in a ceremony at the ship builder's.[5]

In August 2011, Stratton completed sea trials.[6] On September 2, 2011 Stratton was acquired by the Coast Guard.[7] On December 19, 2011 Stratton arrived in San Francisco, pier 27, for its inaugural homecoming visit to the Bay area.[8]

On March 31, 2012, Stratton was officially commissioned by the Coast Guard in Alameda, California, with First Lady Michelle Obama in attendance.[9]

In April 2012, the crew of Stratton discovered four holes in the hull and the ship was sent to drydock to have these repaired.[10]

On July 18, 2015, Stratton intercepted a semi-submerisible loaded with approximately 16,000 pounds of cocaine. Stratton was able to offload more than 12,000 pounds worth an estimated $181 million before the craft sank.[11][12] It is estimated to be the largest such seizure of its kind.[13]

July 2015 - Insitu UAS demonstrated how ScanEagle can maximize the effectiveness of USCG vessels, the exercise also showcased the platform’s ability to conduct seamless, concurrent aviation operations with manned aircraft.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Security Cutter: Program Profile". US Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 13 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ Coast Guard Selects Small UAS For NSC (PDF), USCG Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, retrieved 16 December 2017
  3. ^ Susan Gvozdas (2009-07-21). "Coast Guard Lays Keel for NSC Stratton". Navy Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  4. ^ "First Lady Leaves Her Mark on Future USCGC Stratton". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-08-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "Michelle Obama Christens National Security Cutter Stratton". United States Coast Guard. 2010-07-23. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-09-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Cutter Completes Acceptance Trials". UPI. 2011-08-16. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2011-09-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ LT Stephanie Young (2011-09-02). "Coast Guard Takes Possession of Stratton". Coast Guard Compass blog. US Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Inaugural homecoming for Coast Guard's third National Security Cutter". December 21, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ John Coté (2012-04-01). "Michelle Obama Commissions Coast Guard Cutter". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2012-04-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ Alicia A. Caldwell (2012-05-08). "New Coast Guard ship has rust, holes in hull". Navy Times.
  11. ^ Pete Williams and Phil Helsel (2015-08-06). "Coast Guard Busts Homemade Submarine, Seizes $181M Worth of Cocaine". NBC News. Archived from the original on 2015-08-09. Retrieved 2015-08-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ United States Coast Guard (2015-08-06). "U.S. Agencies Stop Semi-Submersible, Seize 12,000 Pounds of Cocaine". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2015-08-12. Retrieved 2015-08-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  13. ^ Svati Kirsten Narula (2015-08-07). "The US coast guard's biggest drug bust ever involved 16,000 pounds of cocaine and a homemade submarine". Quartz. Archived from the original on 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2015-08-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  14. ^ "Insitu to provide ScanEagle UAS Services to U.S. Coast Guard". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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