Keel laid for Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, first lady Michelle Obama sponsors cutter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard and Northrop Grumman laid the keel for the future Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, the service’s third National Security Cutter, at 1 p.m. Monday at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Gulf Coast shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss., ceremoniously marking the beginning of Stratton’s construction.