USCGC SPAR (WLB-206) Characteristics
The USCGC SPAR is one of the most advanced vessels afloat. It is integrated with the latest technological developments in computers, navigation, environmental protection, and remote monitoring systems. The Integrated Ship Control System coordinates radar, satellite navigation, and computer generated charts with the cutter's controllable pitch propeller, rudder, and thrusters. With these advancements working in concert, SPAR can maintain station within a five meter circle without human intervention in even the most challenging weather. SPAR is also equipped with an advanced oil skimming system known as the Spilled Oil Recover System (SORS). Capable of performing aids to navigation, icebreaking, search and rescue, homeland security, law enforcement, and marine environmental protection, SPAR is a true multi-mission platform. SPAR and her sister ships will help ensure that the U.S. Coast Guard remains the world's premier maritime organization well into the next century.