The U.S. Coast Guard has selected Astoria as the new home for two fast response cutters by 2021, a decision that will expand the agency’s footprint on the North Coast and provide a significant financial boost to the city.
The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutters replace the 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats, which are nearing the end of service life.
Astoria had been competing with Newport for the two new cutters.
“I’m exceedingly pleased to get this news,” Astoria City Manager Brett Estes said. “I think it’s going to be able to add on to the existing Coast Guard presence in our community.”
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