Stratton will transit up the East Coast throughout the month, making stops in Pensacola, Fla., Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor before heading to Alameda, Calif., where the ship will be homeported alongside the first two national security cutters, Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf and Waesche.
Stratton was christened by first lady Michelle Obama July 23, 2010, and was delivered to the Coast Guard last month at an “in-commission special” ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. During this period, Stratton’s crew will gain hands-on experience with the cutter’s systems and operations. Stratton will be commissioned in spring 2012, at which time she’ll officially enter the operational fleet.
Check out the the below photos for an insider perspective as Stratton sailed away from the docks to soon join both Bertholf and Waesche as the most capable ships in the nation’s cutter fleet.