On May 19th, 2023, the Navy League got a tour of USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752), 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) who served as director of the SPARS, the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during World War II.
The tour included included the engine compartment, mess hall and the bridge. The group agreed that the best part was the presentation from the helicopter pilot in the helicopter hangar standing in front of the helicopter!
The Stratton is a 418-foot national security cutter (NSC) capable of extended, worldwide deployment in support of homeland security and defense missions. NSCs routinely conduct operations across the Pacific, where their unmatched combination of range, speed, and ability to operate in extreme weather provides the mission flexibility necessary to conduct vital strategic missions.
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