Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

First lady will serve as sponsor for (Coast Guard) cutter
SUN HERALD ^ | July 21, 2009 | LEIGH COLEMAN

Posted on 07/21/2009 9:45:46 AM PDT by Islander7


The keel for the new National Security Cutter Stratton — which will be a sister ship of the
Cutter Berthoff, seen here on her builder’s trials — was laid Monday at Northrop Grumman
Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.

PASCAGOULA — First lady Michelle Obama will serve as the sponsor of the third National Security Cutter, Stratton.

Officials celebrated the ship’s construction Monday as the U.S. Coast Guard and Northrop Grumman laid the ship’s keel at the Pascagoula shipyard.

Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago announced at the ceremony that Obama will serve as the Stratton’s sponsor and she will attend the christening ceremony at Northrop Grumman, scheduled for next summer.

This is the first time a first lady has sponsored a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

“As the sponsor, the first lady will be involved in the life of this cutter,” said Rábago. “She will be very involved by attending the christening ceremony, the commissioning of the ship, and correspond with the crew through letters for information about missions.”

Irwin F. Edenzon, general manager for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding–Gulf Coast, said next summer shipbuilders across the Coast will be on stage.

“We will be able to show the nation how we build ships here at Northrop Grumman,” he said. “It’s a great day to be a shipbuilder and we are honored that the first lady has agreed to be the sponsor of this great ship and we welcome her as part of our shipbuilding family.”

The Stratton is named in honor of Dorothy C. Stratton, the U.S. Coast Guard’s first female commissioned officer and director of the SPARS, the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, during World War II.

(Excerpt) Read more at sunherald.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: bhodod; coastguard; flotusmichelle; military; mississippi; obama; uscg
No comment!
1 posted on 07/21/2009 9:45:46 AM PDT by Islander7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: WKB; wardaddy; Downsouth55; Michael Knight; ejonesie22; bkwells; DogwoodSouth; WileyPink; jmax; ...

Mississippi PING!


2 posted on 07/21/2009 9:46:42 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

Her ass is as big as one.


3 posted on 07/21/2009 9:47:35 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Comment #4 Removed by Moderator

To: ConservativeMan55

We’re gonna’ need a bigger boat...


5 posted on 07/21/2009 9:48:59 AM PDT by baltodog (R.I.P. Balto: 2001(?) - 2005)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeMan55

LOL! Yours is one comment I can agree with 100%!


6 posted on 07/21/2009 9:49:07 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #7 Removed by Moderator

To: Islander7

I did not know that the Coast Guard operated garbage scows.


8 posted on 07/21/2009 9:53:41 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

“For the first time in my life, I’m proud of the Coast Guard.”


9 posted on 07/21/2009 9:55:52 AM PDT by WrightOnTarget
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeMan55

You are insulting the ship...............


10 posted on 07/21/2009 9:57:40 AM PDT by Gabz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #11 Removed by Moderator

To: PhiKapMom

LOL


12 posted on 07/21/2009 9:58:54 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Islander7
Certainly the USCG is very excited about the honor (sarc)
13 posted on 07/21/2009 10:00:00 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: baltodog

We’re gonna’ need a bigger boat...
__________________

BWA HA HA HA HAaaaaaaaaa


14 posted on 07/21/2009 10:08:48 AM PDT by patriot08
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Islander7
NSC Cutters:

Any Mission, Anytime, Anywhere

At 418 feet, the lead ship in the new Legend-class of national security cutters is designed to be the flagship of the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet, capable of executing the most challenging maritime security missions including supporting the mission requirements of the joint U.S. combatant commanders. The NSC is the largest and most technically advanced class of the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) program’s three major classes of cutters and will replace the aging 378' High Endurance Hamilton class cutters that have been in service since the 1960s.

Capability

Compared to legacy cutters, the NSC’s design will provide better sea keeping and higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and range, and the ability for launch and recovery, in higher sea states of improved small boats, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles – all key attributes in enabling the Coast Guard to implement increased security responsibilities. Such duties include exerting more effective jurisdiction over foreign-flagged ships transiting U.S. waters. Deepwater’s more capable maritime security cutters, for example, will enable the Coast Guard to screen and target vessels faster, more safely and reliably before they arrive in U.S. waters – to include conducting onboard verification through boardings and, if necessary, taking enforcement-control actions.The NSC will serve as an integral part of the Coast Guard’s collaborative inter-agency effort to achieve maritime domain awareness and ensure the safety of the American public and sovereignty of U.S. maritime borders.

Evolving Mission Requirements

Just as the multiple maritime and military roles of the U.S. Coast Guard have grown in scope and significance since the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, so too have the NSC’s capability requirements evolved to be responsive to today’s ever-more challenging operational missions and threats. “ The Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program existed prior to 9/11”, said Blore at the keel-laying ceremony for “Waesche”, “as did our Coast Guard, as did this shipyard. For Deepwater to modernize and recapitalize the Coast Guard, we need to change with the threat.”

http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/nsc/projectdescription.asp

15 posted on 07/21/2009 10:20:08 AM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

“We will be able to show the nation how we build ships here at Northrop Grumman,” he said. “It’s a great day to be a shipbuilder and we are honored that the first lady has agreed to be the sponsor of this great ship and we welcome her as part of our shipbuilding family.”

he was probably actuallly thinking,

o’please dear god don’t actually let her have a part in this,


16 posted on 07/21/2009 10:20:51 AM PDT by housemouse 1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

Don’t they prefer a good looking model for the ship’s head.


17 posted on 07/21/2009 10:24:28 AM PDT by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

Um, wasn’t Dorothy Stratton also the name of a seventies’ porn star who was murdered by her boyfriend? Bob Fosse made a movie about it, as I recall.


18 posted on 07/21/2009 10:27:37 AM PDT by sinanju
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

In Case of Emergency the First Lady’s Rear can be used as a Flotation Device...........


19 posted on 07/21/2009 10:28:54 AM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #20 Removed by Moderator

Comment #21 Removed by Moderator

To: Islander7

Why?


22 posted on 07/21/2009 10:55:37 AM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe
Helen Of Troy - The face that launched a thousand ships

Michelle Of Chicago - The butt that launched a thousand quips
.

23 posted on 07/21/2009 11:01:11 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If you cannot be a good example you can serve as horrible warning - like Obama.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeMan55

Maybe the Coast guard will use her as a buoy.


24 posted on 07/21/2009 11:42:31 AM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

I always thought the sponsor also paid for whatever they were sponsoring.


25 posted on 07/21/2009 11:55:18 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sinanju
Um, wasn’t Dorothy Stratton also the name of a seventies’ porn star

No, she wasn't a porn star, unless you count Playboy, and that ain't porn.

26 posted on 07/21/2009 11:59:02 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro

LOL LOL LOL Michelle of Chicago- The face that stopped a thousand clocks


27 posted on 07/21/2009 12:16:25 PM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

After the christening she will use her massive pythons to push it out to sea....


28 posted on 07/21/2009 1:13:18 PM PDT by Made In The USA (BO stinks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson