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.
USCGC Stratton in 2016
|Namesake:||Dorothy C. Stratton|
|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"|
|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|
|Complement:||113 (14 officers + 99 enlisted) and can carry up to 148 depending on mission|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Armor:||Ballistic protection for main gun|
|Aircraft carried:||1 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH and 2 x sUAS |
|Aviation facilities:||50-by-80-foot (15 m × 24 m) flight deck, hangar for all aircraft|
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.
In August 2011, Stratton completed sea trials. On September 2, 2011 Stratton was acquired by the Coast Guard. On December 19, 2011 Stratton arrived in San Francisco, pier 27, for its inaugural homecoming visit to the Bay area.
In April 2012, the crew of Stratton discovered four holes in the hull and the ship was sent to drydock to have these repaired.
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. It is estimated to be the largest such seizure of its kind.
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.
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- 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.
- "Insitu to provide ScanEagle UAS Services to U.S. Coast Guard". www.navyrecognition.com. Retrieved 2016-12-13.