Pier 2 Road
Naval Station Newport
Commissioned in 1997, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow is equipped with an advanced integrated command and control system, and with her 45-person crew, has the versatility to perform a variety of missions. Homeported at Naval Station Newport’s Pier 2 since commissioning, Willow is primarily oriented toward supporting the Coast Guard’s maritime safety mission, and is responsible for maintaining 134 floating aids to navigation from Rhode Island Sound to the Canadian border, including the hazardous seacoasts of New Hampshire and Maine. A multimission asset, Willow regularly enforces Living Marine Resource laws and regulations offshore to sustain New England’s delicate but economically crucial fish stocks. During winter months, the ship provides icebreaking services on the Hudson River, Buzzards Bay and other susceptible waterways, ensuring the continued flow of heating oil and other commercial goods. Specially equipped with a Shipboard Oil Recovery System, Willow can respond to petroleum spills, contributing to the Coast Guard’s pollution response mission. Its ability to carry out so many different missions makes Willow a significant asset in protecting New England’s waterways and ensuring the safety of its mariners.