As she cracked a bottle of champagne on the towering bow of the 418-ft.-long U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., on Nov. 11, Meryl Chertoff, wife of Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, intoned, "may God bless this ship and all who sail in her." The newly christened Bertholf, the first of the Coast Guard's so-called National Security Cutters, is the product of two defense giants' controversial coupling and the biggest piece ...

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