CGC ORCAS, a 110-foot patrol boat, has been stationed in Coos Bay, Oregon since 1989 when it replaced the Cutter Pulaski. The ORCAS is the 27th Island-Class cutter to join the fleet, and the sixth Coast Guard cutter to be stationed in Coos Bay since 1935. The cutter's name is derived from Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound, Washington. ORCAS was built in 1989 by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard in Lockport, Louisiana.
The crew of ORCAS consists of 18 persons, 3 officers and 15 enlisted. Our Area of Responsibility stretches from the Oregon/California border in the south to the Washington/Canadian border in the north. Typical missions while underway include: Living Marine Resources Enforcement, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Homeland Security.
The communities of Coos Bay and North Bend combine to form the largest community on the Oregon Coast (25,000 people). It is not fast paced, but if you like the outdoors, you will enjoy Coos Bay.
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