The USCGC HICKORY is a 225-foot sea going buoy tender with 40 enlisted crewmembers and seven officers. The crew is organized into DECK, OPERATIONS, and ENGINEERING departments and works together to accomplish HICKORY's diverse mission set. 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 cutter's primary mission is aids to navigation, and is responsible for over 160 floating and fixed aids. The HICKORY is able to carry out orders from District 17 Command to serve any place in Alaska's far-reaching and diverse waters.