USCGC Henry Blake (WLM 563)
"Keeper of the Tradition"
United States Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake is the thirteenth of the Keeper Class of the Coastal Buoy Tenders. The Keeper Class is made up of 14 technically advanced and highly capable buoy tenders. Automated engineering controls and computer-based navigation and communications systems will assist her small crew in servicing aids to navigation.
Constructed by Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisconsin. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake was placed in Commission, Special on the 18th of May 2000 and began her journey of over 9,400 nautical miles over a six month period which included port calls in 4 countries and 11 states on her way to her home port in Everett, Washington, which she arrived at on the 14th of September 2000.
A land based cutter support team (CST) of eight additional personnel augment USCGC Henry Blake's crew of 20. With billions of dollars worth of cargo that is transported annually through the Puget Sound and San Juan Island area, The USCGC Henry Blake and her crew have the critical task of ensuring the waterways in this environmentally sensitive area are safe for navigation. The USCGC Henry Blake is responsible for the maintenance of 80 lighted, 39 unlighted, and 65 shore aids to navigation. Additionally, USCGC Henry Blake will perform other Coast Guard missions that include Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement and Marine Environmental Protection.