The Manitowoc Company,
Inc. has launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter
SEQUOIA, the 15th ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at
Manitowoc's Marinette Marine subsidiary
. This 225-foot, Juniper-class vessel
is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and
"SEQUOIA joins her sophisticated sister cutters in helping the U.S. Coast
Guard to successfully complete a variety of important missions," said Terry D.
Growcock, Manitowoc's chairman and chief executive officer. "As we near the
end of this project for the Coast Guard, we are very proud to have been chosen
to provide ships that help protect our national security."
The launch ceremony, which took place on August 23, featured The Honorable
Gordon England, Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security as
the keynote speaker, with Dorothy England, the secretary's wife and sponsor of
the ship, performing the traditional christening ceremony.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SEQUOIA will operate from Guam, under the
command of Captain R. A. "Mac" McCullough, who will oversee its crew of six
officers and 34 enlisted personnel. SEQUOIA and her sister cutters operate in
the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and are equipped to perform missions that
include servicing aids to navigation, marine environmental protection, search
and rescue operations and domestic ice breaking.
The USCGC SEQUOIA is named after a previous Coast Guard cutter that served
the United States between 1908 and 1946. The original SEQUOIA was a lighthouse
tender built by New York Shipbuilding Company in Camden, New Jersey, and was
the first major class of tenders built to a standard design for the United
States Lighthouse Service.
In addition to the Juniper-class buoy tenders being built for the U.S.
Coast Guard, Marinette Marine is constructing three 310-foot passenger ferries
for New York City's Department of Transportation. The company was recently
awarded a $40.5-million contract by the U.S. Navy to build the Improved Navy
Lighterage System (INLS), and in October 2001, the company was awarded an
$82.4-million contract to build a new Great Lakes icebreaker that will replace
the USCGC MACKINAW.