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Seattle, WA 98174

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175-Foot Coastal Buoy Tender (WLM)
Keeper Class


Number in service Coast Guard-wide: 14
Number Planned for Class: 14
Length: 175 feet
Beam: 36 feet
Draft: 7.9 feet
Displacement: 845 tons
Buoy Deck Area: 1,335 square feet
Power plant: Two Cat 3508 TA, 1710 BHP@1600 RPM diesel engines
Maximum Range: 2,000 miles
Maximum Speed: 12 knots
Primary Missions: Aids to Navigation, Law Enforcement,
Ice Operations, Search & Rescue, Marine Environmental Protection
Typical Crew: 18 Personnel (1 Officers, 17 Enlisted)

The new 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tenders, represent the new wave in buoy tending. The first of 14 in the class, they are the first Coast Guard cutters equipped with Z-Drive propulsion units instead of the standard propeller and rudder configuration. They are designed to independently rotate 360 degrees. Combined with a thruster in the bow, they give the Keeper -class cutters unmatched maneuverability.

With state-of-the-art electronics and navigation systems including Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) which uses a Differential Global Positioning System, and electronic chart displays - these buoy tenders maneuver and position aids more accurately and efficiently with fewer crew. Other improvements have allowed the Coast Guard to decrease its crew from 24-34 on current vessels of similar type to 18 on the Keeper Class.

Click on the buoy tender to learn more about these dedicated Coast Guard women:

USCGC Ida Lewis (WLM-551)
Newport, Rhode Island
Phone: (401) 841-6948

USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552)
Bayonne, New Jersey
Phone: (201) 823-5311

USCGC Abbie Burgess (WLM-553)
Rockland, Maine
Phone: (207) 594-2663

USCGC Barbara Mabrity (WLM-559)
Mobile, Alabama
Telephone: (334) 441-6275

USCGC Maria Bray (WLM-562)
Mayport, Florida
Telephone: (904) 247-7336

Click here for a slide show of the Keeper Class cutter.  This tour will take about 12 minutes to complete. Each photograph is timed for 20 seconds to allow for slow modem speeds. You can exit the slide show by clicking on "Exit" under each photograph.


Last Modified 3/31/2013