Michelle Obama to visit San Francisco, Alameda this week 

click to enlarge U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama talk as they wait to receive Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha as they arrive for an official dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, March 14, 2012. - JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS
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  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama talk as they wait to receive Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha as they arrive for an official dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, March 14, 2012.

First lady Michelle Obama will be in the Bay Area on Saturday to participate in a U.S. Coast Guard ceremony in Alameda.

In 2010, Obama helped christen the Cutter Stratton in Mississippi, and on Saturday she will travel to Coast Guard Island to participate in the ship's commissioning ceremony, according to the White House.

Obama was also in the Bay Area last summer for fundraising events.

The ceremony will place the ship in active service for homeland security and national defense duties, and will signify the Cutter Stratton's formal introduction to the Coast Guard fleet.

According to the White House, the first lady, as a sponsor of the ship, will ceremonially give the order to bring the vessel to life.

The Cutter Stratton is named for Capt. Dorothy Stratton, director of the Coast Guard Women's Reserve during World War II. Stratton oversaw 10,000 enlisted women and 1,000 commissioned officers, White House officials said.

Obama is expected to meet with several female Coast Guard veterans who served with Stratton.

The commissioning ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The first lady will also be in San Francisco on Friday evening, when she will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee event.

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