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GLIN==> Launch set for new Great Lakes Coast Guard cutter



Posted on behalf of PA2 Paul Roszkowski
<proszkowski@stawilmetteharbor.uscg.mil>

View this press release online at
http://piersystem.com/external/final_View.cfm?pressID=10250&CID=443
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Launching new Great Lakes cutter
Hollyhock is the first addition to the U.S. Coast Guard's Great Lakes fleet
in more than 20 years

 MARINETTE, WISC. - On Saturday, January 25 at 10 a.m. the Marinette Marine
Corp. (MMC) will launch the U. S. Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock.

Hollyhock was built to replace cutter Bramble, homeported in Port Huron,
Mich. It is part of plan to replace the Coast Guard's World War II era
180-foot cutters.

Hollyhock is a 225-foot Juniper Class seagoing buoy tender with icebreaking
capabilities.  It is the 14th  cutter of a planned fleet of sixteen to be
built by MMC in Marinette. MMC also built fourteen 175-foot Keeper Class
coastal buoy tenders for the Coast Guard.  In October 2001 MMC was award the
contract to build an icebreaker to replace the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw
'the Great Lakes Icebreaker'.

Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10-MI) is the cutter's sponser and keynoter
speaker during the launch ceremony.  Rear Adm. Ronald Silva, the Ninth Coast
Guard District Commander, will also be speaking.

Hollyhock will be homeported in Port Huron. The cutter is scheduled to be
delivered to the Coast Guard in September 2003 and should arrive at its
homeport a few weeks later.

Principal Characteristics
Length...................................225'
Beam....................................46'
Full Load Draft.....................13'
Buoy Deck Area..............2875 sq. ft
Crew:...............................6 Officers, 34 Enlisted
Main Engines....................2 x CAT 3608 (Low Emission) 3100 Bhp @ 900
rpm
ReductionGear/Prop.........Singleshaft, 10 ft diameter, Bird Johnson
Controlable Pitch propeller
Crane...............................20 ton hydraulic 60 ft boom
Machinery Plant................Automated control w/ dynamic positioning and
FDDI network

 View photos of the Hollyhock here:
http://www.piersystem.com/external/photos.cfm?CID=443

Media personel are invited to attend the launch ceremony, however Press
Credentials MUST be picked up at Marinette Marine's Security Desk prior to
entering the shipyard.

 For more updates please visit our new news website at
http://www.piersystem.com/external/index.cfm?CID=443

For more information contact:
  PA2 Paul Roszkowski
  USCG Public Affairs Detachment Western Great Lakes
  Phone: 847-256-3572
  Phone: 847-652-0704
  Fax: 847-256-3746
  10 Harbor Drive
  Wilmette, IL 60091
  proszkowski@stawilmetteharbor.uscg.mil



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