The U.S. Coast Guard’s 225-Foot seagoing buoy tender USCGC Juniper (WLB-201) arrived at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland on Sept. 25 to begin midlife maintenance availability (MMA) work as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) program.
The Juniper-class buoy tender, which was previously based in Newport, Rhode Island, is the eighth of 16 Juniper-class ships to undergo an MMA.
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 Honolulu.
In 1996, Juniper was the first of its class to enter service; the renovations are designed to increase operational availability and mission capability over the remainder of the ship’s 30-year service life.