- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is expanding its operations along Oregon’s northern coast by selecting Astoria as the new home for two fast response cutters.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://bit.ly/2qsXXGl) the 154-foot cutters will replace smaller, 1980s-era patrol boats that are nearing the end of service. The new boats will arrive in Astoria in 2021.

Astoria, which was designated a “Coast Guard City” in 2010, had been competing with Newport for the two cutters.

Astoria City Manager Brett Estes says the boats will provide a significant boost to the local economy.

The cutters are designed to patrol coastal areas, with an endurance of five days and a maximum speed of 28 knots.

The first fast response cutter based on the West Coast was the John McCormick in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com


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