I doubt a seagoing tender would be much good. The only one even marginally close enough is the Maple (WLB-207) based out of Atlantic Beach N.C. My thought is they are purpose built, don’t have a particularly large working deck, the crew is not really trained in recovery, and the crane does not have much reach nor does it likely have enough cable. The grapple is a crude tool at best and we only used them to snag dropped mooring chains. Of course my experience is probably out of date and was an older (Iris) class ship the Mariposa.
Thank you for your service. The buoy tending jobs don't get any of the glory, but they're so important to keeping commerce moving.
The WLBs actually look reasonably capable. The working deck isn't great, but it would be doable to put the payload across, sticking out on both sides. It wouldn't reach out that far, but you also wouldn't worry nearly as much about banging the payload up the side (at least, not for the buoy tender--they're built to take the punishment from heavier stuff!). Total cable length could be an issue, though I suspect that a sufficiently grizzled bosun could make it work.
It's definitely not ideal. Definitely not great for getting the payload back in one piece. What they do have is al ot of experience getting stuff hooked on to the crane and heaved over the side. I bet @OverTheTop
's right testicle that the following scenario would result in them getting the payload out on the first try:
Scene: Buoy tender mess. Senior staff are sitting at the tables.
Buoy tender captain enters
Captain: "Those Navy types have been diddling around on that payload all night and still can't get it moving. We're stuck here until it's on the LSD, and we still need to get a dozen buoys done this week to stay on schedule. On top of all that the SEAL team leader called me a puddle pirate just low enough so nobody else could hear. I volunteered that we could get this out tonight. The Admiral is expecting us to pull through. What can you give me?"
Bosun: "Sir, I've been watching those #$%^s screw around all day. Here's what we're going to do..."
Aaaaand scene. Nothing like an inter-service rivalry to get things moving.