The U.S. Coast Guard’s 225-Foot seagoing buoy tender USCGC Walnut (WLB-205) arrived at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, on Feb. 26 to begin midlife maintenance availability (MMA) work.
The 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, which was previously based in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the ninth of 16 Juniper-class ships to undergo an MMA.
MMA is part of the USCG’s In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) program. Targeted work includes topside preservation and updates to the machinery control system, HVAC systems, propellers, deck equipment and weight handling gear. The work is necessary for the cutter to achieve the remainder of its service life. MMAs facilitate the ease of fleet maintenance and the availability for missions.
Upon completion pf the MMA, the cutter will relocate to Pensacola, Florida.
USCGC Walnut (WLB-205) is a 225 foot Sea Going Buoy Tender home-ported in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the 5th “A” Class buoy tender of the Coast Guard’s Juniper Class buoy tender fleet.
Walnut’s primary mission is to maintain Aids to Navigation (ATON) utilizing the Dynamic Positioning System of the ship or Walnut’s Dive Team. Other missions that Walnut performs are Maritime Law Enforcement, Port/Waterways and Coastal Security, Search and Rescue (SAR) and Environmental Protection.
Walnut is equipped with many technologically advanced navigation, safety and ship-handling systems that allow us to operate more efficiently and with greater safety. With a fewer crew than normally associated with a cutter of the size, Walnut successfully accomplishes her mission.