Stratton Ready to Serve Coast Guard – Again

Lockheed Martin’s C4ISR system helps make NSC the Coast Guard’s most technologically advanced cutter

NSC-3 The Coast Guard recently accepted delivery of the third National Security Cutter. Lockheed Martin develops and integrates the cutters’ command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Photo courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries.

In 1946 upon receiving the Legion of Merit for her work as the first director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Women’s Reserve, Capt. Dorothy Stratton praised the 11,000 women who joined the service during World War II. She said, “We have liked serving in the Coast Guard and we shall always be interested in its future.”

Those words seem prophetic today as the Coast Guard prepares the nation’s third National Security Cutter (NSC) – the Stratton – for service. The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the NSC 3 on Sept. 2 and plans to commission the newest Legend-class ship early next year.

"This ship has come along further than her predecessors," said Rear Admiral John Korn, the Coast Guard's assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer. "All three NSCs are great ships but this one has made several improvements in critical learning from Bertholf and Waesche. Thanks to Ingalls, Lockheed Martin and all the other contractors. We look forward to continuing our work together to build the most capable and technologically advanced cutters that the Coast Guard has ever seen. And it will be capable of everything we can imagine in a 21st century mission."

Lockheed Martin develops and integrates the NSC’s command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) builds the hull and mechanical and electrical systems. Earlier this year, HII awarded Lockheed Martin a $66 million contract to supply the C4ISR system to NSC 4.

The 418-foot long Legend-class NSC is the largest cutter in the Coast Guard fleet. The C4ISR system gives Coast Guard personnel comprehensive, real-time situational awareness, commonality and interoperability with other government agencies and organizations.

In addition to the NSC, Lockheed Martin provided the C4ISR systems for the Coast Guard’s HC-130J and HC-144A aircraft. The systems provide the nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service with better and more precise information, allowing it to execute its maritime security, search and rescue, drug interdiction and other missions more effectively.