CGC OAK (WLB-211)
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter OAK is one of 16 sea-going buoy tenders. The first Cutter OAK was one of only two cutters of the OAK Class built in 1921 in New York, measuring 160 feet in length, 30-foot beam, and 875 ton displacement with a draft of 9 feet, 6 inches. The cutter was powered by a 700-horsepower steam engine which is currently displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. With a crew of 5 officers and 23 enlisted, the cutter was responsible for servicing and maintaining the buoys and lighthouses in New York Harbor and along the northeast coast of the United States. The present day cutter was launched on 26 January 2002 and delivered to the Coast Guard on 17 October 2002. A state of the art cutter, OAK was designed to conduct the widest array of missions of any ship in the Coast Guard Fleet.
Since being commissioned in March 2003, CGC OAK has conducted nearly every one of the service's missions throughout the southeast United States and U.S. interests in the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
During the its five years of operation, OAK has serviced over 750 aids to navigation, interdicted and repatriated over 460 illegal migrants, conducted homeland security operations, boarded and cleared over 75 container ships entering critical military ports, supported the Combined Joint Task Force in Haiti, repaired navigation aids and cleared waterways impacted by Hurricanes Isabel, Katrina, Charley, Jeanne, and Frances, trained with the Spilled Oil Recovery System, and conducted several Search and Rescue Missions. It will now be moving homeport to Newport, Rhode Island where it will travel all the way up the Canada to service buoys as well as add ice breaking to its list of missions.