June 11, 2018 —
Coast Guard Cutter Kukui, shown above, departed the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, June 9, 2018, following completion of a midlife maintenance availability (MMA) through the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) Program.
Kukui is the third of 16 225-foot seagoing buoy tenders to undergo MMA work through the ISVS Program. The work on the tenders includes an overhaul of the deck equipment and weight handling gear, updates to the machinery control system and HVAC systems, topside preservation and a stability assessment. The 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tenders were commissioned between 1996 and 2004. Kukui will return to its previous homeport in Sitka, Alaska; the renovations will help keep the ship in service another 15 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
For more information: In-Service Vessel Sustainment program page