In 2011 the U.S. Coast Guard continued its mission by responding to devastating hurricanes, floods, and droughts; interdicting maritime threats to our nation; supporting defense operations around the world; and seeking solutions to its expanding responsibilities in the Arctic.
Recapitalizing the Fleet
This year the service decommissioned two of its Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters and accepted its third national security cutter (NSC), the USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752), into in commission, special. With their improved all-weather capability and sophisticated command-and-control systems, these 418-foot NSCs bring significant new capabilities to the Coast Guard. The Stratton was commissioned on 31 March 2012.