Coast Guard cutter needs repair for hull leaks

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When a boat springs a leak, it's often the Coast Guard to the rescue. But who rescues the Coast Guard when one of its new ships does the same thing?

The commander of the Coast Guard’s newest national security cutter, the 418-foot Stratton, said he called in engineers last month when his crew discovered a trio of “pinholes” and a fourth hole “slightly smaller than a golf ball” in the ship’s hull.

The four holes have been patched, but the Stratton soon will head to a dry dock for permanent repairs.

“I am very confident in the safety of the ship and the crew,” Capt. Charles Cashin, who commands the Stratton, told the Associated Press.

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