USCG Cutter Bluebell Celebrates 70th Anniversary
- Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell sits at full dress for its 70th anniversary celebration at its homeport at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore., April 3, 2015
- Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Placido, Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell commanding officer, presents remarks commemorating the cutter’s 70th anniversary during a celebration held at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore.
Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell Celebrated its 70th Anniversary in Portland Ore. A crowd gathers together to celebrate the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell’s anniversary at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portlandon April 3, 2015. The Bluebell has been continuously serving on the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers since 1945.
The vessel was commissioned on April 4, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash., it was then transferred to the Vancouver, and eventually to Portland where its crews have consistently ensured the safety of mariners along the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers.
The Bluebell is the second oldest ship in the Coast Guard and its 15-member crew is responsible for maintaining more than 400 aids to navigation covering 500 miles of the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers.