This is a short historical background video on Captain Dorothy Stratton and the SPARS, presented during the christening ceremonies for USCGC Stratton. As the ship's sponsor First Lady Michelle Obama christened the ship with a bottle of champagne.

Dorothy Stratton was the director of the SPARS, the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve during World War II. She is the namesake of the Coast Guard's third National Security Cutter, the USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752), built by Northrop Grumman in Pascagoula, MS.

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