USCGC JUNIPER (WLB-201) is the lead ship of the U.S. Coast Guardís Seagoing Buoy Tenders. It is outfitted with some of the most advanced technological and navigational capabilities currently available. The Integrated Ship Control System has an Electronic Charting Display and Information System (ECDIS) which allows JUNIPER to fix her position within five meters every second. Her Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) uses this positioning information, the ships controllable pitch propeller, and the stern and bow thrusters to keep the ship on station without any human input.
These systems allow the JUNIPER and her crew to work more buoys in less time, more efficiently and safely, and in tougher environmental conditions than her predecessors. JUNIPERís Machinery Plant Control and Monitoring System (MPCMS) has over 1000 sensors throughout the ship. This system makes it possible for one person in the engineroom control center to monitor the shipís plant while underway. JUNIPER and her crew are adept at handling various missions such as aids to navigation, law enforcement, homeland security, ice breaking, environmental pollution response, and search and rescue.