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5, 2015 to begin a pier side repair availability on the 75-foot inland construction tender and its 85-foot barge.The 17-week planned maintenance project on the 53-year-old vessel began in July.
As part of the multi-mission Coast Guard, however, they also may be used for law enforcement (drug interdiction, fisheries regulations, etc.), environmental and humanitarian response, search and rescue (SAR) operations, and homeland security.
USCG photo by Charles Wilson, CG Yard Founded as the Revenue Marine in 1790, the U. Coast Guard is the nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service, responsible for 11 congressionally mandated missions, and the 12th largest naval force in the world. Every day, the Coast Guard protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of U. Known as the “black hull fleet,” these cutters range in size from 75 to 160 feet in three classes (WLIC, WLR, WLI) and nine variants, representing different years of acquisition. Their average age of 52 years in service is nearly twice their planned operational life.
Although part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it often is called upon to report to the Department of Defense – or directly to the president – and has fought in every U. Known as the “black hull fleet,” these cutters range in size from 75 to 160 feet in three classes (WLIC, WLR, WLI) and nine variants, representing different years of acquisition.
That’s not uncommon for the Coast Guard, which has a history of hand-me-down vessels from the Navy since World War II, all different classes and so independently managed, based on availability and other engineering indicators,” Emerson explained.
“We have upgraded some of the on board systems, such as cranes, but here we’re talking about aging hulls.