USCGC ALDER (WLB-216) History


The USCGC ALDER (WLB-216) is the last 225' Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender (WLB) built by Marinette Marine Corp. Launched in Marinette, WI on February 7, 2004, the ALDER replaced the 180 foot CGC SUNDEW, a Balsam Class Seagoing Buoy Tender built in 1944. After a lengthy pre-commissioning process, the Coast Guard accepted ALDER from the shipyard on September 2, 2004 and she sailed on her maiden voyage September 12th. ALDER officially attained "Great Lakes Cutter" status on October 12th after sailing through all five Great Lakes. Finally, on October 16th, she sailed for the first time into her homeport of Duluth, MN. ALDER was commissioned on June 10, 2005.