>CGC ELM (WLB 204) Returns Home From the Gulf of Mexico After Supporting Deepwater Horizon Response Operations.

>Nov 3, 2010. CGC ELM, a 225 foot multi-mission cutter, returned to their home port after being gone since May 10, 2010. Family, friends, and media met the ELM at their home pier located at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. The crew is happy to be home and to have an opportunity to reacquaint with their families and friends before beginning work on some much needed ATON discrepancies throughout their area of responsibility.

As a multi-mission cutter and one of 16 sea going buoy tenders in the Juniper Class, the ELM performs missions in Aids to Navigation (ATON), Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) Search and Rescue (SAR), Law Enforcement (LE), and Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security (PWCS).

After the April 29, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, sinking, an subsequent Spill of National Significance (SONS) that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, the CGC ELM was deployed to the Gulf to use its multi-mission capabilities to skim oil and support cleanup operations. The ELM carries the Spilled Oil Recovery System (SORS) on board, which is a modern, high performance, over-the-side, single ship spilled oil recovery system designed to be used on the Juniper Class cutters such as the ELM.