Active – receives a hero’s welcome

PORT ANGELES — The Coast Guard cutter Active returned home to a hero’s welcome Saturday.

About 300 people waved and cheered as the 210-foot cutter tied up at City Pier.

Applause, smiles and tears greeted the Active’s 75 crew members, credited with the largest cocaine seizure in maritime history.

A golden snowflake decal, symbolizing the record 13 tons of cocaine seized by the Active’s crew, will soon adorn the white ship’s bridge.

Vice Adm. Ray Riutta, Pacific Area, commander, presented the decal to the ship’s captain, Cmdr. Robert E. Reininger.

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