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Fifth 225-foot seagoing buoy tender arrives for midlife maintenance availability


ISVI Program

Coast Guard Cutter Elm arrived at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Jan. 24, 2018, to begin midlife maintenance availability (MMA) work this winter as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program. The 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, which was previously based in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, is the fifth of 16 Juniper-class ships to undergo an MMA. Work includes updates to the machinery control system, HVAC systems and propellers; an overhaul of the deck equipment and weight handling gear; and topside preservation. Upon completion, the cutter will relocate to Astoria, Oregon. Elm entered service in 1998; the renovations are designed to increase operational availability and mission capability over the remainder of the ship’s 30-year service life. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

For more information: In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program page