Keel Laid for 3rd National Security Cutter

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The U.S. Coast Guard and Northrop Grumman laid the keel for the future Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, the service's third National Security Cutter, at 1 p.m, July 20. At Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Gulf Coast shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss., ceremoniously marking the beginning of Stratton's construction.

First lady Michelle Obama will serve as Stratton's sponsor.  This is the first time a first lady has ever sponsored a Coast Guard cutter.  As the sponsor the first lady will be involved in the life of the cutter.  This is Obama's first formal association with a United States Coast Guard cutter and serving as Stratton's sponsor is an extension of her commitment to supporting America's men and women in uniform and their families.

"I am honored to serve as sponsor of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, named after one of the most extraordinary women to serve our nation in uniform," said Obama.  "Every day, the United States Coast Guard keeps our families and communities safe at home and contributes to the defense of our nation overseas.  This vessel will embody the strength of today's military and the enduring courage of our Coast Guard's men and women."

"The keel laying is a significant event in our surface acquisition program," said Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard's assistant commandant for acquisition.  "We are especially proud and honored that this ship will be sponsored by the first lady.  We are all pleased and impressed with the dedication of the men and women of the Coast Guard's Gulf Coast Project Resident Office and of the Pascagoula shipyard.  Their commitment to excellence in producing the National Security Cutter class to meet the demands for Coast Guard missions is truly inspiring." 

Each of the NSCs will be named for a Coast Guard "legend," including former commandants Adm. Ellsworth P. Bertholf and Adm. Russell Waesche, as well as Founding Father and first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.  Stratton is the namesake of Capt. Dorothy Stratton who directed the Coast Guard's Women's Reserve, or SPARs, during World War II.  Stratton was a professor and dean for women at Purdue University, Ind., and in 1942 she was the first woman accepted into the Coast Guard's Women's Reserve.  She and her colleagues helped the Coast Guard live up to its motto Semper Paratus, "Always Ready" by working to ensure the service was ready for front-line sea duty in America's war effort.  SPARs fulfilled many vital roles during the war and their efforts helped pave the way for women to serve throughout our Armed Forces.

The Coast Guard recently accepted the first NSC, Bertholf, which entered service following completion last year.  Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Gulf Coast shipyard in Pascagoula is under contract to build three NSCs including Waesche, which is approximately 90 percent complete, Stratton, which is more than 20 percent complete, and Hamilton, for which the Coast Guard has procured long lead time material.

In contrast with older cutters the 418-foot long NSCs feature increased range and endurance (60 to 90 day patrol cycles); more powerful armament; larger flight decks; chemical, biological and radiological environmental hazard detection and defense; and improved Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance equipment.  These features enhance Coast Guard and U.S. Navy interoperability under the National Fleet plan. 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Coast Guard

Smith Brothers Chrtisten New Tug

Smith Brothers, Inc., Chesapeake Bay-based barge and marine equipment charter company, recently added the tug Capt. Kenneth to its fleet of inland and truckable tugs.

Falmouth CGOC Joins National Network

Falmouth Coastguard Operations Center (CGOC) will become part of the new Coastguard national network for the first time this week. Work has been carried out

USCG Search For Boater Missing 50 miles South St Marks, Florida

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater 50-miles south of St. Marks, Florida, Sunday. Missing is George Taylor, 60, from Tallahassee, Florida, who

Vessels

New Standard for LNG Cargo Containment Systems

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) said it has successfully completing the gas trial for the first LNG carrier built to a Boil Off Rate (BOR) of 0.08% per day.

Cruise Ship Returns to Texas after Ebola Concern

The Carnival Magic cruise ship was en route back to the United States on Saturday with a passenger from Texas who might have handled specimens of the first Ebola

'New Tango' Brings More Post-Panamax Ships to Charleston

New service expands Port of Charleston's capacity to serve North-South trade The SC Ports Authority today received the first ship call of a new consolidated

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1218 sec (8 req/sec)