Coast Guard Cutter SPAR commences drydock period

 

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is assisted by the motor vessel Lindsey Foss and prepares to enter a semi-submersible drydock in Bellingham, Wash., Jan. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Apprentice Traci Huddleston.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is assisted by the motor vessel Lindsey Foss and prepares to enter a semi-submersible drydock in Bellingham, Wash., Jan. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Apprentice Traci Huddleston.

By: Ensign William Stark

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew commenced a two-month drydock maintenance period at the Fairhaven Shipyard in Bellingham, Washington Jan. 10.

The SPAR crew arrived in Bellingham from its homeport in Kodiak, Alaska, and was raised out of the water into a semi-submersible drydock on Jan. 16.

The repair period marks the first time the cutter has undergone a complete drydock maintenance in four years. Projects include, but are not limited to, repairs of ship’s equipment, preservation of the ship’s hull and overhaul of entire ship’s systems. The project will ultimately serve to extend the ship’s life expectancy and greatly improve its operational readiness and mission capability.

The cutter SPAR, commissioned in 2001, is the sixth of the Coast Guard’s 225-foot Juniper Class of oceangoing buoy tenders. Its nickname, “The Aleutian Keeper,” comes from its primary mission of servicing aids to navigation in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. The cutter crew also conducts search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and environmental response missions within this area of responsibility.

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