USCGC Alder (WLB-216)

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USCGC Alder (WLB-216)
USCGC Alder.jpg
Alder at a dock in Duluth, Minnesota
United States
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin
Launched: 7 February 2004
Commissioned: 10 June 2005
Homeport: Duluth, Minnesota
Motto: Semper Paratus (Latin for “Always Ready”)
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Juniper-class
Displacement: 2,000 long tons (2,000 t) at design draft (full load)
Length: 225 ft (69 m)
Beam: 46 ft (14 m)
Draft: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 3,100 shp (2,300 kW) Caterpillar diesel engines
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)
Complement: 50 (8 officers, 42 enlisted)

USCGC Alder (WLB-216) is a Juniper-class, 225-foot (69 m) seagoing buoy tender of the United States Coast Guard.

Alder was built by Marinette Marine Corporation and launched on February 7, 2004. Alder's maiden voyage was on September 12, 2004. Alder is currently assigned to Duluth, Minnesota as its home port. Alder replaced the previous cutter stationed in Duluth, USCGC Sundew, which retired after 60 years of service.

Alder is designed as a multi-mission vessel, with its missions being Aids to Navigation, Icebreaking, Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Marine Environmental Protection.



Operation Nanook 2010[edit]

In August 2010 the guided missile destroyer USS Porter and USCGC Alder participated in Operation Nanook 2010 in Baffin Bay and the Davis Straits.[1] This was the fourth annual Operation Nanook organized by the Canadian Government, but it was the first to host foreign vessels.


  1. ^ "Canada Command - OP Nanook". Canadian Forces. August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-22.  mirror

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