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USCG Commissions Cutter Walnut

September 24, 1999

USCGC Walnut, one of the newest ships in the USCG's fleet, was formally commissioned at the USCG Integrated Support Command on Sand Island, Hawaii. Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and Vice Adm. James M. Card, Vice-Commandant of the USCG, were guest speakers at the ceremony. Walnut, a 225-ft. Juniper-class aids to navigation tender, is equipped with the most advanced electronic navigation and propulsion systems of any USCG cutter. In addition to its mission of tending navigational buoys and lights, Walnut may be tasked at any time to conduct law enforcement, search and rescue, oil spill recovery and national defense. This is the second cutter to be named Walnut. The first served in the USCG from 1939 to 1982 and was homeported in Honolulu from 1941 to 1954. Walnut was built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis.

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