The Portland Council's primary objective is to raise public awareThe Portland-Blueback Council's primary objective is to raise public awareness of the significance of our maritime services to residents and public officials in the greater Portland area. One of the ways we achieve this objective is through participation in Fleet Week during Rose Festival. We assist with the Portland waterfront ship visits that occur during Fleet Week. This year, after a two-year hiatus, Navy and Coast Guard ship rides from Astoria will again be available. If you are an educator or public official interested in riding one of the vessels watch this page or the Fleet Week page on the Rose Festival website for information on applying to ride the ships.|
In 2018 our council sponsored the Commissioning of the USS Portland LPD 27, at Terminal 2, here in Portland. An event that was enjoyed by 7,000 of our citizens. On May 28th 2022 the USS Oregon SSN 793, will be commissioned in Groton, CT. Again, our council has stepped up, and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support that event.
Now that COVID restrictions are starting to wind down, we plan to begin our in-person quarterly lunch and dinner meetings again. Featuring active duty and civilian guest speakers from the local maritime community, our goal is to provide enlightening and thought-provoking presentations. We also plan to reinstitute field trips to maritime installations throughout the northwest, such as the CG Surf School in Astoria and the submarine base in Bangor, WA. Please watch this site for future announcements.
Our council has adopted a number of units in the area. Given the large Coast Guard presence in Portland, we have adopted two Coast Guard cutters, and a buoy tender as well as the local Coast Guard Station. The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps class at Oregon State is also an adopted unit, and we present an officer's sword to the outstanding Navy midshipman graduate every year. We are also charged with maintaining the USS Oregon (BB-3) Memorial mast located at the Portland waterfront, for the city. There are five Sea Cadet chapters across Oregon, and we support all of them, raising sea service awareness amongst young people ages 10 thru 18.
Our membership is open to all who have an interest in promoting and learning about our nation's Navy, Marine Corp, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine services.