The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alert is in port as the official Coast Guard cutter for the Astoria Regatta festival: The officers and crew will participate in many Regatta activities.
There is an open house during the 120th Astoria Regatta. Visitors are welcome aboard from 9-11 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Alert is the newest of the 210-foot, medium-endurance cutters constructed. The keel was laid on Jan. 5, 1968, and it was commissioned on Coast Guard Day Aug. 4, 1969.
Alert lives by the motto of “Rescue, Enforce, Defend” by patrolling the norther Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Canada. Its main missions include Homeland Security patrols, search and rescue, boating safety, and enforcing laws concerning fisheries, illegal immigration and contraband.
The Alert calls Astoria home when it is not underway. Its berth is at the foot of 17th Street next to the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Commander B. R. Anderson assumed command as USCGC ALERT’s 25th Commanding Officer on 26 June 2013. Commander Anderson is a 1996 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and has served in Panama City Beach, Florida; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Seward, Alaska; and Cape May, New Jersey. Additionally, Commander Anderson served as Chief of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Systems Branch in Portsmouth, Virginia prior to assuming Command of the USCGC ALERT.