April 1, 2021 —
Coast Guard Cutter Walnut departed Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, March 26 after completion of its major maintenance availability (MMA). Walnut arrived from Hawaii, and its new homeport will be Pensacola, Florida. Through the MMA, the ship received major structural repairs and upgrades to systems in order for the asset to meet its intended service life.
The Coast Guard’s 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tenders were commissioned between 1996 and 2004 with 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. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
For more information: In-Service Vessel Sustainment program page