U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active Returns to Port Angeles

After 56 days and more than 7,300 miles on patrol, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active recently came back from deployment to their Port Angeles home port, the agency announced this month.

The 210-foot Active patrolled the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Oregon and Washington coasts and boarded more than 40 commercial fishing vessels as part of Operation Pacific Fortune. The crew teamed with the Coast Guard afloat training office in Everett for training, including more than 96 drills. They trained to react to fires, flooding, towing disabled vessels and a number of other contingencies.

The training applied during patrol, when Active had to address disabled vessel calls.

“As the pandemic wears on, this crew continues to redefine what I understand as ‘resilience,’” said Cmdr. James O’Mara, commanding officer of the Active. “Going to sea, living in tight quarters, enduring tedious, but necessary protocols in port and underway – this crew does it all to stay healthy, protect the public, and perform our missions at sea for the taxpayer. Even after this busy summer transfer season with 30% personnel turnover, I was amazed at how quickly the team came together for such a productive patrol. This crew is rock solid, top notch.”

By Sarah Spangler