Coast Guard Foundation Vice President Patti Gross attended the commissioning of the USCGC Stratton in Alameda, California this past weekend. Patti has come to know the ship well, having attended its christening in 2010 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, as well as riding onboard the STRATTON for four days in December during its sea trials on the west coast.
While on board, Patti met with and worked alongside the crew and did one of the things she does so well — documented the trip in pictures. The link to our flickr album with her photos of the crew at work and their special homecoming after some time at sea. And of course, pictures of the 418 foot cutter itself. Follow this link to see a photo album of Patti's trip on the STRATTON.
The ship is named for CAPT Dorothy Stratton, USCGR, who served in World War II as a SPAR. She was the first woman to be accepted in the Coast Guard Reserves, entering the service in 1942. STRATTON's primary missions include law enforcement, search and rescue, defense operations and homeland security. The STRATTON will patrol the entire Pacific Theatre with port calls including San Diego, Kodiak, and Honolulu in the United States and international ports of Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador.