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USCGC Ida Lewis (WLM 551)

Pier 2 Road
Naval Station Newport
Phone: 401-841-6948

Website: www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-1

The Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis is a 175-foot “Keeper Class” coastal buoy tender. She was commissioned April 12, 1997, and is the first of 14 ships of her class named in honor of famous lighthouse keepers from the U.S. Lighthouse Service, which became part of the Coast Guard in 1939. Ida Lewis was named for Idawalley Zorada Lewis, one of a number of women lighthouse keepers in the Lighthouse Service. Her father, Capt. Hosea Lewis, was appointed the keeper of Lime Rock Light, near Newport, Rhode Island. After Capt. Lewis had a stroke, responsibilities fell to Ida and her mother. Ida made her first rescue at the age of 16, and went on to carry out as many as 24 documented rescues. After her death, the Lime Rock Lighthouse was renamed Ida Lewis Lighthouse, the only such honor ever given to a lighthouse keeper.

USCGC Juniper (WLB 201)

Pier 2 Road
Naval Station Newport
Phone: 401-841-6953

Website: www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-1

The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper is the first of the Coast Guard’s 225-foot sea-going buoy tenders. Juniper’s missions include servicing aids to navigation, law enforcement, search and rescue, domestic icebreaking and marine environmental pollution response. Juniper operates under the First Coast Guard District in Boston. Her primary area of responsibility is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Juniper participated in the search and rescue efforts after the TWA Flight 800 and Egypt Air 990 catastrophes as well as in anti-terrorist and force protection operations in New York after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Juniper can also skim and recover spilled oil, as demonstrated by her 145-day deployment in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where she recovered 145,000 gallons of oil.

USCGC Steelhead (WPB 87359)

Pier 2 Road
Naval Station Newport
Phone: 401-418-0257

The Tiger Shark’s mission is search and rescue, law enforcement (mainly fisheries and recreational boating safety) and ports, waterways and coastal security. The Tiger Shark relocated from berthing in Newport in early 2012
and joins Juniper, Ida Lewis and Oak in calling NS Newport home.

USCGC OAK (WLB 211)

Pier 2 Road
Naval Station Newport
Phone: 401-841-2944
Website: www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-1

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak is one of 16 sea-going buoy tenders. The first Cutter Oak was one of only two cutters of the Oak Class built in 1921 in New York, measuring 160 feet in length with a 30-foot beam and 875-ton displacement and a draft of
9 feet, 6 inches. The cutter was powered by a 700-horsepower steam engine, which is currently displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. With a crew of five officers and 23 enlisted members, the cutter was responsible for servicing and maintaining the buoys and lighthouses in New York Harbor and along the northeast coast of the United States. The present-day cutter was launched on Jan. 26, 2002, and delivered to the Coast Guard on Oct. 17, 2002. A state-of-the-art cutter, Oak was designed to conduct the widest array of missions of any ship in the Coast Guard fleet. Since being commissioned in March 2003, Oak has conducted nearly every one of the service’s missions throughout the southeastern United States and U.S. interests in the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. During a five-year period of operation, Oak serviced over 750 aids to navigation; interdicted and repatriated over 460 illegal migrants; conducted homeland security operations; boarded and cleared over 75 container ships entering critical military ports; supported the combined joint task force in Haiti; repaired navigation aids and cleared waterways impacted by Hurricanes Isabel, Katrina, Charley, Jeanne and Frances’, trained with the spilled oil recovery system; and conducted several search and rescue missions. Oak relocated to NS Newport in the winter of 2017.

 

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