The USCGC Hickory is a 225-foot sea going buoy tender with a crew of 40 enlisted and seven officers. The crew is divided into three departments who work together to form team Hickory. (Deck, Operations/ Support and Engineering). The Hickory is a multi-mission cutter which includes: aids to navigation, search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection and homeland security. The cutters primary mission is aids to navigation and most of our aids are around the Kenai Peninsula, hence the nickname “The Kenai Keeper”. The Hickory also is able to meet any demands from District 17 Command to serve any place in Alaskan waters.