June 11, 2021 —
U.S. Coast Guard photo
Coast Guard Cutter Oak departed Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, May 15 after completion of its major maintenance availability (MMA). Oak returned to its Newport, Rhode Island, homeport after the six-month industrial work period ended. Structural repairs and upgrades to the cutter’s HVAC system and other maintenance-intensive equipment will enable this 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tender to meet its intended service life expectancy of 30 years. All 16 cutters in this class, commissioned between 1996 and 2004, are scheduled to complete this MMA. The In-Service Vessel Sustainment program restores mission readiness, improves reliability and reduces maintenance costs of the service’s legacy cutter fleet through two types of projects, the MMA and the service life extension project.
For more information: In-Service Vessel Sustainment program page