The Stratton was named for Coast Guard Capt. Dorothy Stratton, a member of the Coast Guard Reserve during World War II. In 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama christened the ship, and the Stratton has been sailing from the Pacific to the Arctic ever since. It's been doing drug interdictions, search and rescue, community relations, and maintaining a U.S. presence in the Arctic at a time when receding ice and increasing demand for Arctic oil create more international competition for resources. Increasingly, Russia prospecting in the Arctic has challenged our universal presence, building more than a half-dozen ice-breaking ships in the past few years. Even China is cruising into the Arctic, creating a critical need for an increased U.S. presence that supports international maritime laws in this remote location.