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The Coast Guard's third national security cutter has successfully completed acceptance trials, the final major milestone before the service takes the new ship into its fleet.
Stratton was tested by the Coast Guard and the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey in Pascagoula, Miss., and the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/786/1162935/">announced Monday. The cutter received two starred cards —discrepancies that must be corrected or waived by the government — compared to three for the second national security cutter, Waesche, and eight for the first, Bertholf.
The Coast Guard will work with shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls to solve discrepancies over the next few weeks, the service said. The cutter is set to be delivered to the Coast Guard in early September.
It will join Bertholf and Waesche, which are each on Coast Guard missions now. Construction on the fourth of eight scheduled national security cutters is scheduled to start in late August.