COVID -19 Brings Stratton Home

The Coast Guard Cutter Stratton is the service’s third Legend-class cutter and the first “white hull” cutter named after a woman since the 1980s (USCGC Harriet Lane was launched in 1984).

COVID -19 Brings Stratton Home

An outbreak of COVID-19 forced the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton to return to its home port in Alameda on Wednesday, Nov. 18. According to the Coast Guard, 11 crew members tested positive for coronavirus during the deployment in the Eastern Pacific.
Coast Guard medical staff boarded the cutter when it arrived home. They tested the entire crew and placed all crew members in quarantine.

“The crew’s health and safety is my highest priority,” said Capt. Bob Little, Stratton’s commanding officer. “Stratton has a highly resilient crew, always dedicated to the mission. The Stratton sailed west under the Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to begin a counter-narcotics patrol.

Before the cutter got underway the Coast Guard required its 133 crew members to undergo a restriction-of-movement period. This required them to self-quarantine and pass two COVID-19 tests.
Earlier this year the crew of the Stratton detected and interdicted five suspected drug smuggling vessels, detained 14 suspected drug smugglers and seized more than 6,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $113 million.

The Stratton plays an important role in disrupting the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security objectives.

It is not currently known when the Stratton will redeploy.

“Our mission today is to get healthy so we can continue our service to the nation,” Little said.

Stratton is named for Coast Guard Captain Dorothy C. Stratton (1899–2006). Stratton served as director of the SPARS, the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during World War II.