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Seagoing buoy tender completes major maintenance availability


Coast Guard Cutter Juniper departed the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Nov. 14 after the completion of its major maintenance availability (MMA). Juniper arrived from Newport, Rhode Island, and its new homeport will be Honolulu. Juniper is transiting to its new homeport of Honolulu, providing a strategic operational advantage and contributing to the overall sustainment of the cutter class. Through the MMA, the ship received major structural repairs and upgrades to systems in order for the asset to meet its intended service life.

Juniper was the first hull of the 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tenders, and thus, received substantial structural repairs. Several engineering changes were also installed, which became the standard configuration for the remainder of the fleet.

The Coast Guard’s 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tenders were commissioned between 1996 and 2004 and have a service life expectancy of 30 years. The MMA is one of several projects that comprise the In-Service Vessel Sustainment program to restore mission readiness, improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs of the service’s legacy cutter fleet. Photo by First Class Petty Officer Theresa Heller, Project Resident Office Baltimore.

For more information: In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program page