The Coast Guard Cutter Maple returns to Sitka, Alaska

The Sitka, Alaska, based Coast Guard Cutter Maple sits in dry dock while undergoing extensive repairs and renovations in Seattle, March 11, 2014. The repairs took more than three months to complete and included a rudder replacement, hull preservation, shaft alignment, and valve replacements for the main fire fighting system. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jeannette Greene)

The Sitka, Alaska, based Coast Guard Cutter Maple sits in dry dock while undergoing extensive repairs and renovations in Seattle, March 11, 2014. The repairs took more than three months to complete and included a rudder replacement, hull preservation, shaft alignment, and valve replacements for the main fire fighting system. (U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Lt. Jeannette Greene)

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple, a 225-foot buoy tender, returned to its home port in Sitka DATE after a three-month dry dock period in Seattle.The Maple crew began its multimillion-dollar overhaul for 109 vital projects on March 11 and concluded the work on June 6.Work on the cutter’s major systems increased capability, extended longevity and widened the capacity for safe operations. Projects included: a rudder replacement, hull preservation, shaft alignment, and valve replacements for the main fire fighting system.“The Maple crew has worked diligently and tirelessly to improve these systems and many more to ensure the cutter is at peak performance to continue to serve the public,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mike Newell, the commanding officer aboard the Maple. “The ship has returned with many improvements that will allow for safe and reliable operations, such as servicing local aids to navigation, and conducting law enforcement and search and rescue missions in Southeast Alaska.”

For more information contact Lt. Jeannette Greene at 907-966-5470.

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