Port Angeles, Wa- The Coast Guard Cutter Active crew returned to their home port of Port Angeles on Feb. 13. Their return follows a seven-week counterdrug and fisheries law enforcement patrol.
The crewmembers of the Active supported Joint Interagency Force South, which operates in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Also being supported were Coast Guard District 11, and Coast Guard 13, which were operating off the west coast of the United States.
The Active is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter. It was commissioned in 1966 and it is operated by an 80-member crew. The Active takes part in search and rescue, environmental protection, fisheries enforcement, and law enforcement missions.
Crew members of the Active conducted an at sea fueling evolution, which supplied the Coast Guard Cutter Edisto with additional fuel. Fuel was also supplied to train crew members on the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak. The fuel, provided by the crew aboard the Active was used by Cutter Joseph Gerczak to make their maiden voyage to their new homeport in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Active crew performed biennial Tailored Shipboard Training Availability over the course of the patrol. TSTA is a period of time devoted to the development of the crew’s ability to respond to potential emergencies aboard the vessel. The Active Crew earned the excellence rating in all areas.
Over the course of three days the Active crew conducted 164 helicopter evolutions. The evolutions were in effort with Air Stations Port Angeles, North Bend, San Francisco, and Kodiak.
During a port call in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, several Cutter Active crew members volunteered at a youth home. They assisted in painting the facility, clearing out a yard, power-washing the courtyard, stuccoing a wall, and repairing equipment.