Renovation Completed On Sixth 225-Foot Seagoing Buoy Tender

Below is a post from the Acquisitions Directorate, provided here for convenience. Some history of the project here. There are a total of 16 Juniper class 225 foot buoy tenders so this program still has a while to run. 

Coast Guard Cutter Fir departed today from the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, following completion of its midlife maintenance availability (MMA). The MMA is one of several projects that comprise the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) Program to enhance mission capability, improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs of the service’s legacy cutter fleet.

Fir, which started undergoing the MMA work in August 2018, is the sixth of 16 225-foot seagoing buoy tenders to undergo this process 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. The 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tenders were commissioned between 1996 and 2004. Fir will be stationed in Cordova, Alaska, after completing a roughly 7,000-8,000 nautical mile voyage through the Panama Canal and up the Pacific Coast. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Michael Adams.

For more information: In-Service Vessel Sustainment program page

2 thoughts on “Renovation Completed On Sixth 225-Foot Seagoing Buoy Tender

  1. Following information from CG-9, the Acquisitions Directorate.

    https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/Latest-Acquisition-News/Article/1971108/eighth-225-foot-seagoing-buoy-tender-arrives-for-midlife-maintenance-availabili/

    I would not that this “midlife” renovation is occurring 23 years into Juniper’s supposed 30 year service life.

    Eighth 225-Foot Seagoing Buoy Tender Arrives For Midlife Maintenance Availability
    Sept. 25, 2019 —

    Coast Guard Cutter Juniper arrived today at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, to begin midlife maintenance availability (MMA) work as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program. The 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, which was previously based in Newport, Rhode Island, is the eighth of 16 Juniper-class ships to undergo an 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.

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