USCGC Anacapa (WPB-1335)

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Anacapa in Glacier Bay, Alaska
United States
Name: USCGC Anacapa
Namesake: Anacapa Island, California
Homeport: Petersburg, Alaska
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Island-class cutter
Displacement: 164 tons
Length: 110 ft (34 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Draft: 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Propulsion: Twin Paxman Valenta 16-CM RP-200M
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: 9,900 miles
Endurance: 6 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 - RHI (90 HP outboard engine)
Complement: 22 personnel (3 officers, 19 enlisted)
Notes: Communications: VHF and HF

USCGC Anacapa (WPB-1335) is an Island-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard. Her class of ships were built in the 1980s and early 1990s to replace Cape-class cutters. The ship is named for Anacapa Island. She was launched in 1989.[1]

Anacapa's homeport in 2012 was Petersburg, Alaska.[2] She sank the Ryou-Un Maru in the Gulf of Alaska on April 5, 2012.

The Anacapa, and the rest of her class, are being replaced by Sentinel class cutters.[1] Petersburg, Anacapa's homeport, was visited by the Sentinel class USCGC John F. McCormick on July 19, 2017.


The Island-class patrol boats were constructed in Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana. Anacapa has an overall length of 110 feet (34 m). It had a beam of 21 feet (6.4 m) and a draft of 7 feet (2.1 m) at the time of construction. The patrol boat has a displacement of 154 tonnes (152 long tons; 170 short tons) at full load and 137 tonnes (135 long tons; 151 short tons) at half load. It is powered by two Paxman Valenta 16 CM diesel engines. It has two 99 kilowatts (135 PS; 133 shp) 3304T diesel generators made by Caterpillar. Its hull is constructed from steel, and the superstructure and major deck are constructed from aluminum.[3][4]

The Island-class patrol boats have maximum sustained speeds of 29.5 knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph). It is fitted with one Mk 38 25 mm chain gun autocannon and two Browning .50 Caliber Machine Guns. It is fitted with satellite navigation systems, collision avoidance systems, surface radar, and a Loran C system. It has a range of 3,330 miles (2,890 nmi; 5,360 km) and an endurance of five days. Its complement is eighteen (three officers and fifteen crew members). Island-class patrol boats are based on Vosper Thornycroft 33 metres (108 ft) patrol boats and have similar dimensions.[3][4]

Operational history[edit]

USCGC Anacapa directs streams of water into the Japanese derelict Ryou-Un Maru to sink it after shelling it. Holes from the Mk 38 25 mm chain gun are clearly visible in the side of the boat.

The Anacapa was homeported in Petersburg, Alaska, in 1990.

On May 31, 2011, Lieutenant Matthias Wholley was relieved of command of the Anacapa six weeks ahead of schedule.[5] When he was first relieved Coast Guard spokesman said it was due to a loss of confidence on the part of his superiors.[6] Spokesman Dana Warr said additional details couldn't be revealed while an investigation took place, but it did not involve a mishap, at sea. On June 30, 2011, the Coast Guard announced an investigation had confirmed Wholley had been intoxicated while on duty.[7] As a result of the investigation, Wholley received a letter of reprimand, 60-day restriction, and forfeiture of half months pay for two months.[7]

On 5 April 2012, the Anacapa assessed the derelict 165 ft Japanese squid fishing boat Ryou-Un Maru. It had been washed away from its mooring in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and had drifted unmanned for more than one year across the Pacific Ocean before it was discovered.[8][9] The Anacapa fired on the ghost ship with its Mk 38 25mm autocannon, holing and eventually sinking it with fire hoses in approximately 1,800-metre (6,000 ft) of water in the Gulf of Alaska 180 miles (290 km) off the coast of the Alaskan Panhandle.[10]

Lieutenant Rachel Kent took over command of the Anacapa on June 15, 2017.[11]


  1. ^ a b Joe Viechnicki (2017-07-19). "New Coast Guard cutter makes port call in Petersburg". KFSK. Archived from the original on 2017-07-20. Petersburg is home to the 110-foot island class cutter Anacapa, built in 1989, among the class of cutters being phased out nationwide in favor of the new Sentinel class ships.
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  3. ^ a b "110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat (WPB)" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "USCG 110' "Island Class" Patrol Boats (WPB)". Bollinger Shipyards. Retrieved 24 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Klas Stolpe (2011-05-31). "Coast Guard cutter Anacapa commander relieved of duty pending investigation: Commanding officer Lt. Matthias Wholley temporarily relieved". Juneau Empire. Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2017-07-20. The reason for relief was “loss of confidence in the ability to command,” a phrase Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer Dana Warr did not elaborate on.
  6. ^ "Coast Guard lieutenant relieved of cutter command in Alaska". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Juneau, Alaska. 2011-05-31. Archived from the original on 2017-07-20. Chief Petty Officer Dana Warr says the matter is under investigation and he can't provide details on what happened, but it did not involve a mishap at sea.
  7. ^ a b Kyle Hopkins (2011-06-30). "Coast Guard officer punished for commanding cutter while intoxicated". Alaska Dispatch News. Archived from the original on 2017-07-20. Today, the agency reveals that Wholley was "intoxicated when he directed his cutter to get underway" on May 30.
  8. ^ Reynolds, Emma (30 March 2012). "Owner of Japanese ship that floated across the Pacific after tsunami doesn't want it back". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  9. ^ カナダ、漁船漂流で警戒呼び掛け 函館の男性「沈んだかと」 (in Japanese). Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Coast Guard cannon fire sinks Japanese ghost ship damaged in tsunami". New York Daily News. 6 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2017-07-05. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  11. ^ Ben Muir (2017-06-15). "Petersburg Coast Guard changes command". Petersburg Pilot. Retrieved 2017-07-20. The United States Coast Guard change of command ceremony was Thursday at Sandy Beach Park where 26-year-old Lt. Rachel Kent took over the Petersburg-based USCG Cutter ANACAPA.