March 29, 2019 —
Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore arrived at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, March 25, 2019, to begin midlife maintenance availability (MMA) work as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program. The 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, which was previously based in Cordova, Alaska, is the seventh 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 Duluth, Minnesota. Sycamore entered service in 2002; 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 by Chief Petty Officer Brian Tufo.
For more information: In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program page