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USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552)
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Career (United States)
Name: Kathrine Walker
Namesake: The Keeper of the Robbins Reef Light
Owner: United States
Operator: US Coast Guard
Builder: Fincantieri Marine Group
Laid down: 8 April 1996
Launched: 14 September 1996
Homeport: Bayonne, New Jersey
Identification: WLM-552
Status: Active
General characteristics
Type: Keeper Class Buoy Tender
Tonnage: 903 tons
Length: 36 m (118.1 ft)
Beam: 11 m (36.1 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
Decks: 1
Ice class: Can breake ice of about 35 mm thickness at 3 kn
Installed power: 2 x CAT 3508 TA diesels,
Propulsion: 2 x Ulstein/Rolls Royce 360 degree steerable Z-Drives plus 600 HP Electric Bow Thruster
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 2000 nautical miles at 10 kn
Capacity: Buoy deck area: 1/335ft2
Crew: 24 (2 Officers, 22 Enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Nav. radar
  • Machinery Plant Control and Monitoring System (MPCMS)
  • Electronic Chart Positioning and Information System (ECPINS)
  • Dynamic Positioning System (DPS)
  • Side Scan Sonar
Aviation facilities: Crane: 1 x 10 ton

USCGS Katherine Walker is a Keeper-class Coastal Buoy Tender of the United States Coast Guard. Her keel was laid on 8 April 1996 by Fincantieri Marine Group.[1] Her namesake is Katherine Walker the keeper of the Robbins Reef Light; Mrs. Walker is responsible for saving the lives of 50 people.[2] As well as keeping many ships away from the rocks. USCGC Katherine Walker is responsible for a total of 335 aids to navigation (ATON).[3]

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