Coast Guard Cutter Stratton Departs Japan

U.S. Coast Guard cutter Stratton
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Stratton (WMSL 752). U.S. Coast Guard photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Stegall.

Northern California-based U.S. Coast Guard cutter Stratton departed Yokosuka, Japan on May 3, following a scheduled port visit while deployed to the Indo-Pacific.

Stratton is currently deployed in the Indo-Pacific to engage with ally and partner nations and to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“Deploying U.S. Coast Guard assets to the Indo-Pacific promotes security, safety, sovereignty and economic prosperity in the region while strengthening relationships between the U.S. and partner nations,” Stratton’s commanding officer, Capt. Brian Krautler said.

Yokosuka was Stratton’s third port visit since departing its homeport of Alameda, California. The cutter’s crew was conducting exercises in the region to share best practices and expertise in search-and-rescue and law enforcement. U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy forward-deployed forces remain ready to respond to crises globally as a combined maritime force.

Stratton is a 418-foot national security cutter capable of extended, worldwide deployment in support of homeland security and defense missions. National security cutters routinely conduct operations throughout the Pacific.

The Stratton’s namesake is Capt. Dorothy Stratton, who led the service’s all-female reserve force during World War II. She was the first female commissioned officer in the Coast Guard and commanded more than 10,000 personnel.

The cutter is operating as part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71, U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. CTF 71 is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers as well as any surface unit conducting independent operations in the region.

U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area is responsible for U. S. Coast Guard operations spanning across six of the seven continents, 71 countries and more than 74 million square miles of ocean. It reaches from the shores of the West Coast of the United States to the Indo-Pacific, Eastern Pacific, Arctic and Antarctic.