Stratton Joins Coast Guard Ranks, Once More
First Lady joins Coast Guard in commissioning newest Legend-class
National Security Cutter
With its commissioning, the USCG Stratton joined the Coast Guard fleet. The Stratton is the latest of the Legend-class National Security Cutters, the largest and most technologically advanced ships in the Coast Guard’s fleet.
When Dorothy Stratton gave up her promising career in academia to serve her country following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, a trustee at Purdue University said, “Dorothy, you can’t afford to do this.” Stratton simply responded, “I can’t afford not to.”
Stratton went on to become the first director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Women’s Reserve and oversaw its remarkable growth during the war. On March 31, the Coast Guard honored her with the commissioning of the USCGC Stratton, the country’s third National Security Cutter (NSC) whose motto is “We can’t afford not to.”
During a rainy, yet well attended ceremony at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Cal., the ship’s sponsor, First Lady Michelle Obama, praised the women and men who followed Stratton’s lead to serve the country in the Coast Guard.
“No matter what this country asks of you, you always step up to answer the call. Always,” said Obama, according to a March 31 article in the Coast Guard Compass. “So it is fitting that all of you are here today, because it is that ethic of service that defined the life of this cutter’s namesake, Capt. Dorothy Stratton.”
The Stratton is the latest of the Legend-class NSCs, the largest and most technologically advanced cutter in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The Stratton joins the first two NSCs, USCG Bertholf and USCG Waesche, in conducting the Coast Guard’s most challenging maritime security missions, including maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national defense. It also will support the mission requirements of the joint U.S. combatant commanders.
During a rainy, yet well attended commissioning ceremony of the USCGC Stratton, First Lady Michelle Obama, praised the women and men who followed Dorothy Stratton’s lead to serve the country in the Coast Guard.
Lockheed Martin builds and integrates the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems that provide the NSC with comprehensive, real-time situational awareness, commonality and interoperability with other government agencies and organizations. Huntington Ingalls (HII) constructs the NSC hulls, mechanical and electrical systems. Currently, NSC 4 and 5 are under contract, with delivery scheduled for 2014 and 2015, respectively.
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 Coast Guard with better and more precise information, allowing it to execute its maritime security, search and rescue, drug interdiction and other missions more effectively.