USCGC Oak (WLB-211)
|Career (United States)|
|Laid down:||30 July 2001|
|Launched:||26 January 2002|
|Commissioned:||7 March 2003|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Displacement:||2,000 long tons (2,000 t) full load|
|Length:||225 ft (69 m)|
|Beam:||46 ft (14 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft (4.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Caterpillar 3608 engines
3,100 shp (2,300 kW)
|Speed:||15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) at full load displacement
(80% rated power)
|Range:||6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Armament:||2 x .50 caliber machine guns|
The USCGC Oak (WLB-211) is a United States Coast Guard seagoing buoy tender home-ported in Charleston, South Carolina. The ship tends buoys along the Southeastern U.S. coast and throughout the Caribbean Sea including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Oak also performs other duties, such as maritime border security, marine environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and domestic icebreaking.
The keel for the Oak was laid on July 30, 2001 at Marinette Marine Corporation in Wisconsin. "Oak" was launched on January 26, 2002. The ship's sponsor was Mrs. Billye Brown, wife of Congressman Henry E. Brown (R-SC). "Oak" made the trip from Marinette, Wisconsin to Charleston, SC and was commissioned on March 7, 2003, the first Coast Guard cutter to be commissioned following the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. The Oak took Aids to Navigation responsibility for the waterways of decommissioned USCGC Madrona, USCGC Laurel and USCGC Papaw and regularly sees duty throughout the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean.
The Oak has been involved in Operation Unified Response following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, primarily to clear debris from and repair Port international de Port-au-Prince, the damaged seaport in Port-au-Prince. She was dispatched immediately following the quake, stopping in Miami, Florida on the way to stock with relief supplies. The vessel arrived on January 17, about six days after the disaster struck. She and the Navy salvage ship USNS Grasp were tasked with returning the wharves to operation.
- Martha Brannigan (January 13, 2010). "Damage to Haiti's main port complicates rescue". Miami Herald. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
- "Coast Guard Continues Haiti Response Efforts". U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area. January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
- "Violence in Haiti Hindering Aid Work". CBS News. January 17, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
- Reals, Tucker (January 18, 2010). "Haiti Earthquake Update: Day Seven". CBS News. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
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