“Coast Guard cutter leaves Petersburg after 32 years” –KFSK

The cutter Anacapa tied up at the Coast Guard’s mooring in Petersburg (Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)

There is a very nice story by local media about the departure of USCGC Anacapa from Petersburg, AK. The 110 is not being decommissioned. She is changing homeport to Port Angeles, WA, where there will be a crew turn-over.

The Anacapa’s replacement in Petersburg is an 87-foot San Francisco-based Marine Protector class cutter called the Pike, built in 2005.

Anacapa’s engines and generators are being replaced, so looks like she will be retained a few more years.

There was an earlier post that featured Anacapa, “What Does It Take to Sink a Ship, Illustrated,” when she was tasked with sinking a derelict Japanese fishing vessel, back in 2012.

3 thoughts on ““Coast Guard cutter leaves Petersburg after 32 years” –KFSK

  1. The ship being replaced by Anacapa.

    News Release
    U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk (WPB 1322) Thursday during a ceremony held at Air Station Port Angeles that was presided over by Capt. Mark McDonnell, 13th Coast Guard District Chief of Response.

    Cuttyhunk was one of the Coast Guard’s 37 remaining 110-foot Island-class patrol boats. The fleet of Island-class cutters is being replaced by 154-foot Sentinel-class cutters.

    Commissioned in 1988, the Cuttyhunk was the 22nd of 49 110-foot patrol boats built in support of the Coast Guard’s maritime homeland security, migrant and drug interdiction, fisheries enforcement, and search and rescue missions. Cuttyhunk was built by Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana, and commissioned on Oct. 5. Cuttyhunk was named after Cuttyhunk Island, the site of the first English settlement in New England, located off the southern coast of Massachusetts.

    Over the past 34 years of service, Cuttyhunk’s crew conducted a wide range of operations. The cutter’s crews completed over 1,000 operations ranging from law enforcement boardings to search and rescue responses throughout the Pacific Northwest. Cuttyhunk assisted U.S. Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in several submarine escorts before Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor was established to ensure the safe transport of Ship Submersible Ballistic Submarines.

    Nicknamed “The Pest of the West”, Cuttyhunk assisted in one of the largest maritime drug seizures in the Pacific Northwest, near Cape Flattery, Washington, in December of 1997. More than 3,500 pounds of marijuana, estimated at a street value of $15 million, was recovered from the OK Jedi, a 60-foot sailboat with three people onboard.

    “It has been an honor and privilege to serve alongside the final crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk”, said Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Garver, Commanding Officer. “During my time onboard, there have been many engineering challenges on our aging 110-foot ship, and I have witnessed the resiliency of our crew as they spent time away from families in selfless service to our country. I am grateful for the crew’s dedication which echoes the hard work put forth by our predecessors during the cutter’s 34 years of service.”

    Cuttyhunk’s crew is scheduled to transit to Ketchikan, Alaska. There, the crew will spend several weeks preparing to bring Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa (WPB 1335) south to Port Angeles. Anacapa is also a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat, and was previously stationed in Petersburg, Alaska. She will be shifting homeports to Port
    Angeles to serve the Pacific Northwest. The Anacapa will be arriving after completing an overhaul
    in Ketchikan.

  2. Interesting news release on how the absense of this cutter will be addresses until the 87 foot WPB arrives.

    News Release

    U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska

    Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams to conduct waterborne missions in Petersburg and Wrangell, Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska – Personnel from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST) and Sector Juneau will conduct waterborne missions in Petersburg and Wrangell, Alaska, June through August.

    Mission goals include search and rescue, recreational and commercial vessel safety, and the protection of Alaska’s living marine resources.

    Kicking off the season, Coast Guard inspectors will conduct inspections in Petersburg May 17th through 20th to ensure the maritime community is prepared for a safe and successful season on the water. Personnel will be providing commercial fishing and charter vessel exams. Sign up information will be located in the Harbormaster’s office.

    The Coast Guard will maintain a regular presence on the water and conduct boardings at sea with two 29-foot response boat crews.

    “Our goal is to provide a Coast Guard safety and law enforcement presence amongst the vital commercial and recreational fishing communities of Petersburg and Wrangell,” said Cmdr. Scott Pierce, the Sector Juneau chief of response, whose duties include overseeing law enforcement, pollution response, and search and rescue operations throughout Southeast Alaska. “Given the upcoming departure of Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa and temporary gap period before Coast Guard Cutter Pike arrives, it is very important that we work to provide ample support to this region during the busy summer months.”

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