USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752)
USCGC Stratton near Annapolis, Maryland in 2011
|Namesake:||Dorothy C. Stratton|
|Laid down:||July 20, 2009|
|Sponsored by:||Michelle Obama|
|Christened:||July 23, 2010|
|Acquired:||September 2, 2011|
|Commissioned:||March 31, 2012|
|Motto:||"We Can't Afford Not To"|
|Length:||418 ft (127 m)|
|Beam:||54 ft (16 m)|
|Height:||140 ft (43 m)|
|Draft:||22.5 ft (6.9 m)|
|Propulsion:||Combined diesel and gas|
|Crew:||111 (15 Officers, 15 CPO, 81 Enlisted)|
|X and S band radar, 3D air search radar, AN/SPQ-9 radar|
|Aircraft carried:||(2) MCH, or (4) VUAV or (1) MCH and (2) VUAV|
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 (the 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.
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.
On July 23, 2010 Michelle Obama christened the cutter in a ceremony at the ship builder's.
On September 2, 2011 the Stratton was acquired by the Coast Guard.
In April 2012, the crew of the Stratton discovered four holes in the hull and the ship was sent to drydock to have these repaired.
On July 18, 2015, the 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. It is estimated to be the largest such seizure of its kind.
On August 10, 2015 the "Stratton" intercepted a vessel and crew with more than 66,000 pounds of cocaine worth $1.01 billion wholesale seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
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Media related to USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752) at Wikimedia Commons
- USCGC STRATTON (WMSL 752) Web Site
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- CGC Stratton Coat of Arms – Institute of Heraldry
- Michelle Obama's letter
- USCGC Stratton – usmilnet.com pictures and articles
- Susan Gvozdas (2009-07-21). "Coast Guard Lays Keel for NSC Stratton". Navy Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- "First Lady Leaves Her Mark on Future USCGC Stratton". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- "Michelle Obama Christens National Security Cutter Stratton". United States Coast Guard. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Cutter Completes Acceptance Trials". UPI. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
- LT Stephanie Young (2011-09-02). "Coast Guard Takes Possession of Stratton". Coast Guard Compass blog. US Coast Guard. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
- "Inaugural homecoming for Coast Guard's third National Security Cutter". uscgnews.com. December 21, 2011.
- John Coté (2012-04-01). "Michelle Obama Commissions Coast Guard Cutter". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- Alicia A. Caldwell (2012-05-08). "New Coast Guard ship has rust, holes in hull". Navy Times.
- Pete Williams and Phil Helsel (2015-08-06). "Coast Guard Busts Homemade Submarine, Seizes $181M Worth of Cocaine". NBC News.
- United States Coast Guard (2015-08-06). "U.S. Agencies Stop Semi-Submersible, Seize 12,000 Pounds of Cocaine". United States Coast Guard.
- 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.
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