USCGC Alder (WLB-216)
Alder at a dock in Duluth, Minnesota
|Builder:||Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin|
|Launched:||7 February 2004|
|Commissioned:||10 June 2005|
|Motto:||Semper Paratus (Latin for “Always Ready”)|
|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)|
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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
In August 2010 the guided missile destroyer USS Porter and USCGC Alder participated in Operation Nanook 2010 in Baffin Bay and the Davis Straits. This was the fourth annual Operation Nanook organized by the Canadian Government, but it was the first to host foreign vessels.
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