First Lady to make Alameda appearance

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Alameda on Saturday, to participate in the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton. The event is slated to take place at 10 a.m. on Coast Guard Island.

Mrs. Obama, who sponsored the ship, helped christen it in 2010 in Pascagoula, Miss. by breaking a bottle of champagne over the bow. The ceremony in Alameda, which follows tests and sea trials, will formally introduce the Stratton to the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet and place it in active service.

The 418-foot long, $551 million national security cutter is named after Capt. Dorothy Stratton, director of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during World War II, and it’s the first to be sponsored by a first lady. It’s the third of eight such ships planned for the Coast Guard and is berthed in Alameda alongside its sister ships, the Waesche and the Bertholf.

The day before the event, Mrs. Obama is scheduled to make remarks at a Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco, and after her Alameda appearance she will present on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.