The 225' JUNIPER was commissioned in 1996 as the lead ship in the Coast
Guard's Buoy Tender Replacement Project, a major acquisition to replace
the WW II era 180' buoy tenders. The 225' WLB, along with the 175' WLM represent
the latest in shipbuilding, propulsion, and ship control technology.
The 225' WLB is equipped with a single controllable pitch propeller, bow
and stern thrusters which give the cutter the maneuverability it needs to
tend buoys offshore and in restricted waters. A Sophisticated Machinery
Plant Control and Monitoring System and an Electronic Chart Display and
Information System enable the 225' cutters to reduce the watch standing
complement compared to the 180' cutters. A Dynamic Positioning System can
hold the vessel within a 10 meter circle using the Global Positioning System
allowing the crew to service and position floating aids to navigation more
efficiently than before in winds to 30 knots and 8 foot seas.