Office of Cutter Forces

Aircraft, Boats, and Cutters: Cutters

River Buoy Tenders (WLR)


WLRs push barges equipped with cranes which work Aids To Navigation (ATON). Some are equipped with "jetting" devices which are used to set and anchor buoys in rivers with sandy/muddy bottoms.

The barges are an integral part of ATON. Barge Lengths vary: 90 feet, 99 feet, and 130 feet.

75-foot Class River Buoy Tenders in service:

(Commissioned:1964-1970)


  • CHENA (WLR 75409)  Hickman, KY
  • CHEYENNE (WLR 75405)  St. Louis, MO
  • CHIPPEWA (WLR 75404)  Buchanan, TN
  • GASCONADE (WLR 75401)  Omaha, NE
  • KANAWHA (WLR 75407)  Pine Bluff, AR
  • KICKAPOO (WLR 75406)  Vicksburg, MS
  • MUSKINGUM (WLR 75402)  Sallisaw, OK
  • PATOKA (WLR 75408)  Greenville, MS
  • WEDGE (WLR 75307)  Demopolis, AL
  • WYACONDA (WLR 75403)  Dubuque, IA

(Commissioned: 1990)


  • GREENBRIER (WLR 75501)  Natchez, MS
  • KANKAKEE (WLR 75500)  Memphis, TN
CGC Kanawha

CGC Greenbrier

65-foot Class River Buoy Tenders in service:

(Commissioned:1960-1962)


  • CIMARRON (WLR 65502) Buchanan, TN
  • OBION (WLR 65503) Owensboro, KY
  • OSAGE (WLR 65505) Sewickley, PA
  • OUACHITA (WLR 65501) Chattanooga, TN
  • SANGAMON (WLR 65506) Peoria, IL
  • SCIOTO (WLR 65504) Keokuk, IA


CGC Ouachita
Last Modified 4/11/2014