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USCG Cutter Oak



Homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter OAK (WLB 211) is a seagoing buoy tender that maintains aids to navigation along the rugged New England coastline, promoting economic security through navigation safety of the Marine Transportation System. 

With a crew of 42, the “Maine Responder” is responsible for 144 buoys from her homeport to the Canadian border.  A true multi-mission platform, the ship can also support search & rescue, domestic icebreaking, living marine resources maritime law enforcement, environmental protection, national defense and homeland security missions.  The cutter occasionally assists the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Data Buoy Center maintain offshore weather buoys critical to mariner safety at sea.

OAK is the second cutter of her name and eleventh of the Juniper class.  Initially homeported in Charleston, South Carolina, she was the first Coast Guard cutter to be commissioned following the service transition to the Department of Homeland Security.  OAK was also the first to go through a 16 month mid-life maintenance availability and homeport shift, replacing the WILLOW at Naval Station Newport in November 2016.

Naval Station Newport

47 Chandler Street

Newport, RI 02841

Phone: (401) 367-1646


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