Protecting the Pacific Northwest
Area of Responsibility includes: Tillamook Head on
the Oregon coast south to Cape Kiwanda (Pacific City, OR).
Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay is located approximately two miles from the entrance of Tillamook Bay, in Garibaldi, OR. Station Tillamook Bay is one of only twenty Surf Stations in the U.S. Coast Guard. The bar at the entrance of the bay is one of the most treacherous bars on the Oregon coast. The station was established in 1908, with Surfman Robert Farley as the station keeper. After relocating the original station house to Garibaldi, the present moorings and the station facility was completed June 4, 1982. The station's crew is responsible for protecting life and property in over 2,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.
The station has 5 search and rescue boats, including: three 47 foot motor lifeboats (47'-MLB), a 25 foot Defender class response boat (25'-RBS) and an 16 foot Aids to Navigation skiff (16' AB-SKF). The 47-foot Motor Lifeboat is the workhorse of the Coast Guard's Heavy Weather fleet. It is primarily designed as a fast response rescue craft capable of conducting operations in high seas, surf, and heavy weather environments. These boats are built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea and are capable of affecting a rescue under the most extreme conditions. They are self-righting, self-bailing, and have a long cruising range. The 25 foot RBS is designed as a multi-mission capable boat. Missions include search and rescue and maritime law enforcement. The AB-SKF can be driven in waters as shallow as 1 foot 6 inches and is used for response in the lower bay as well as flood relief operations.