PASCAGOULA — A new Guard cutter has completed its builder’s trials in the Gulf of Mexico.
The vessel, under construction at Northrop Grumman’s Pascagoula shipyard, is the second in the Coast Guard’s Legend class, an eight-ship national security cutter program.
Northrop announced in July that the cutter will be sponsored by Michelle Obama, which represents the first time a first lady has sponsored a Coast Guard vessel.
The cutter is named Stratton, in honor of Dorothy C. Stratton, the first female commissioned officer in the Coast Guard.
The keel was laid Sept. 11, 2006, and christened July 26, 2008.
The Legend-class ships are replacing 1960s-era Endurance-class cutters.
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