The USCG Buoy Tender Spar has been in Unalaska this past week servicing the navigation aids in the area. The Spar is a Juniper class buoy tender, nicknamed "The Aleutian Keeper". She is 225 feet long and powered by two 3100 horsepower Caterpillar 3608 engines and has a 6900 mile cruising range. She also has a couple .50 caliber machine guns in case she wants to play rough. WLB-206 is the second Spar to serve the Coast Guard - the first Spar was WLB-403, launched in November 1943 and serving proudly for 53 years before decommissioning in 1997. The Spar name comes from the Coast Guard Women's Reserve which served as a supplemental Coast Guard force between 1942 and 1946. The acronym SPAR stands for the Coast Guard motto, Semper Paratus! Always Ready!
In the third photo, you can get a closer look at the crew cleaning and servicing one of the channel markers in the East Channel. I believe Mike Rowe did a Dirty Jobs episode on a buoy tender, possibly the Spar. In the bottom photo you can see that those View For the Living Room shots I post on here sometimes really are right from the living room!