The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Juniper-class seagoing buoy tender, USCGC Maple (WLB-207) departed the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Nov. 7, 2018, following completion of a midlife maintenance availability (MMA) through the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) Program.
Maple, which started undergoing the MMA work in September 2017, is the fourth of 16 225-foot seagoing buoy tenders to undergo this kind of work through the ISVS Program. The work will keep the tenders in service another 15 years and includes an overhaul of the deck equipment and weight handling gear, updates to the machinery control system and HVAC systems, topside preservation and a stability assessment.
Maple will return to its previous homeport in Portsmoth, Virginia.
The 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tenders were commissioned between 1996 and 2004. Maple is the seventh Juniper class commissioned into the Coast Guard fleet and took the place of the decommissioned USCGC Woodrush.
USCGC Maple was built by the Marinette Marine Corporation in Wisconsin and was commissioned ti the fleet on October 19, 2001. She has a length of 225 ft (69 m), a beam of 46 ft (14 m), and a draft of 13 ft (4.0 m). Maple is propelled by two Caterpillar 3608 diesel engines rated at 3,100 horsepower, and has a top speed of 16 knots.