Explore the aircraft, cutters and boats used by the Coast Guard to conduct various missions throughout the world.
Members of the Coast Guard Cutter William Tate perform buoy tending operations on the Delaware River during a period of extreme cold, Jan. 9, 2018. The cold period caused many buoys in the upper and lower Delaware River to go off-station and require care and maintenance. Coast Guard photograph by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Tate
The keeper-class buoy tenders are equipped with Z-drive propulsion units instead of the standard propeller and rudder configuration. With state-of-the-art electronics and navigation systems, it is possible to maneuver and position navigation aids with a smaller crew. Although not classified as icebreakers, these ships can move through 9 inches of ice at 3 knots.