13th Coast Guard District
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Seattle, WA 98174
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Welcome to the
U.S. Coast Guard Thirteenth District

Seattle, WA

We, the men and women of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, provide critical maritime services within the Pacific Northwest. Our missions - maritime security, safety, and national defense - require superior professionalism, devotion to excellence and the highest standards of integrity. We pride ourselves in treating others with respect and dignity, facilitating partnerships with local, state and national agencies, and being innovative in our approach to meeting the region's needs.


The Coast Guard 13th District comprises the Pacific Northwest and is the gateway to the North Pacific and Alaska. D13's Area of Responsibility encompasses four states and the entire Pacific Northwest coast. We also share a border with Canada to the north and California to the south.

The Coast Guard first established its presence in the Pacific Northwest with the construction and operation of 16 lighthouses along the coast built between 1852 and 1858. The presence was reaffirmed in 1854 with the entry of the Revenue Cutter Jefferson Davis to Puget Sound. Today, D13's headquarters is located in Seattle with three Sector offices managing operations in their respective areas - Puget Sound, Columbia River and North Bend.

The men and women of D13 conduct a vast array of daily operations in support of the Coast Guard's statutory missions. Our crews can be found conducting search and rescue, patrolling coast, sound and North Pacific to enforce safety and fisheries regulations, conducting safety and compliance inspections and exams on commercial vessels and waterfront facilities and protecting our nation's strategic defense and critical infrastructure.

D13 is home to the largest domestic ferry system moving 24 million passengers, 11 million vehicles annual across 10 routes, the 3rd largest domestic port and the 3rd largest cruise ship industry in U.S.

D13 is made up of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. More than 3,000 active duty and reserve members, Coast Guard Auxiliarists, and civilian employees are stationed in the Northwest.

D13 operational assets include:

  • 21 Cutters
  • 132 Boats
  • 11 Aircraft

D13 also provides support and a homeport to Coast Guard Pacific Area assets including two high endurance cutters, three medium endurance cutters, two icebreakers, a port security unit and a maritime safety and security team.

Personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River participated in the 13th iteration of the U.S./China Disaster Management Exchange alongside Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific, Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China, People's Liberation Army Southern Theater Command. The disaster management exchange is designed to share real-world lessons learned about humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The event being held in Portland, Oregon and at U.S. National Guard Training Base Camp Rilea located in Warrenton, from November 13 to November 19. The event consisted of an expert academic discussion, a table-top exercise and a practical field exchange discussing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Fair winds and following seas Chase! Chase was one of the first canines assigned to the Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101 in Seattle, serving from 2003 to 2009, and was one of six explosives detection canines that came from the Auburn University Canine Training Center near Anniston, Alabama.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Gilbert, an aviation survival technician, will be live on Go Coast Guard Wednesday at 8 p.m EST. Drop in with your questions or just listen and show support for one of our own as he shares experiences about his career and answers viewers questions.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot Medium-Endurance Cutter, is scheduled to return home to Port Angeles, Washington, Tuesday, following a successful 65-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During the patrol, the Active’s 75-member crew deployed off the coast of Central America, intercepted numerous vessels, detained suspected drug smugglers, and seized more than 1,500 kilograms of cocaine valued at more than $49 million. The Active’s crew also volunteered at a local orphanage in Mazatlan, Mexico, where they improved the habitability and safety of the children’s play yard Read more here: goo.gl/yEzD1t
Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay crewmembers conducted some two-boat training near the entrance to Tillamook Bay, Thursday. The boat crews took advantage of the few remaining days of nice weather and calmer seas to train and mentor junior members of the unit. The day started with a boat on fire scenario and then transitioned into some towing evolutions.
Thanks for noticing Jim! As part of our Multiyear Aids to Navigation construction contract for the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the North Portland Harbor Day Beacon 1 was rebuilt yesterday, and included a new bird stand. The stand provides a perch for the Ospreys that annually nested on the aid and prevents the nest from blocking the visual signal used by mariners to navigate the waterway. Coast Guard AToN - Ensuring the safety of everyone on the water, whether they're freight or feathered 😎 Finished photo of the day beacon taken by Steven Feldscher, screenshot taken of the Portland Harbor Osprey group.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot endurance cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washinghton, offloaded approximately 6,570 pounds of cocaine in San Diego today. The seized drugs were the result of multiple interdictions conducted by multiple Coast Guard crews in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-September through early October. "I couldn't be more proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by my crew, the crews of cutters Alert and James, and the men and women of the aircrews and support networks ashore," said Cmdr. Chris German,commanding officer of the Active. Full release, video and additional imagery can be found here: https://lnks.gd/2/5tnwb_
Good looking out Coast Guard Cutter Orcas crew! The crew of the Orcas assisted a boater who ran aground in the Coos River, near Coos Bay, Oregon. Though he was in no imminent danger, he was able to expedite his waterside assistance because he had various forms of communication equipment with him. Remember to always boat safe!
"This was one of the best days in my Coast Guard career," said Senior Chief Tom Hines, the officer in charge, Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Coos Bay. He's talking about the restoration and lighting of the Yaquina South Jetty Light 4, in Newport, Oregon. This was made possible through an outstanding collaboration between the ANT, Air Station Astoria and the 13th Coast Guard District waterways management crews. --------------------------------------------- If you have any photos of the light, we'd love to see them! Please share in the comments below.
Happy 242nd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!
An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River hoisted two women who were stranded on rocks due to high tides at the Hug Point State Recreation Site north of Cannon Beach, this evening. PLEASE remember to be mindful of the tidal conditions before you set out on your adventures! As this story shows, a simple stroll on the beach can quickly become a dangerous situation due to high tides. Stay safe out there! Read full story here: https://goo.gl/CtgBSK
A Coast Guard boat crew from Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., assisted two boaters who ran their boat aground in Tillamook Bay this morning. A Coast Guard aircrew from Sector Columbia River also responded to help the distressed boaters who were reportedly uninjured. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector Columbia River.
Hikers on the Upper Dungeness Trail in the Olympic National Forest took a few photos of a Coast Guard aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station / SFO Port Angeles landing in order to pick up a hiker they had been searching for. The hiker was separated from his hiking group, Sunday afternoon. Hikers from the man's party retraced their route and reunited with the man shortly before the Coast Guard arrived on scene, Monday morning.
The Coast Guard rescued a missing hiker in the Olympic National Forest, Monday morning after the hiker was reported missing Sunday afternoon. An aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles located and rescued the 79-year-old male and transported him to Sequim Valley Airport where the patient was transferred to emergency medical technicians for further care. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center personnel requested assistance from a Coast Guard aircrew at 8:48 a.m., Monday. The Port Angeles aircrew arrived at the assigned search area at 10 a.m., and searched for an hour before locating the man on the Dungeness Trail within the Olympic National Forest. The helicopter crew landed in a clearing nearby and picked up the man. Stock photo from July 2017. Read more here: goo.gl/4LGip9
Another vantage point of today's rescue of a man off Huckleberry Island near Anacortes, Washington. U.S. Coast Guard video by an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles.
The Coast Guard and fellow first responders found and rescued a missing boater Tuesday morning after he was reported overdue Monday night. 68-year-old Gordon Hay, wearing a wetsuit and lifejacket, was hoisted by the aircrew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River located in Warrenton, Oregon, and safely transferred to emergency medical services, at Anacortes Airport. Hay’s wife reported him overdue at 9:51 p.m., Monday, after he did not return from a regular outing from Fildago Marina in Anacortes. Read more here: goo.gl/zZ1LLh
A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 38-year-old man from a cargo vessel 174 miles off the Columbia River entrance, this evening. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the injured crewman and transported him to sector, where he was transferred to Life Flight Network personnel for transportation to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received a request for assistance at 2:53 p.m. from the shipping agent for the cargo vessel Tawa Arrow. The agent reported the crewman had suffered burns on his legs and arms from a boiler steam incident, and had received anti-biotics and pain medication. The Jayhawk crew launched in response with a Life Flight Network nurse aboard to assist with patient care. At the time of the request, the 623-foot Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel was over 200 miles offshore and en route to Columbia River. Due to concerns with the distance, sector personnel coordinated with Coast Guard 13th District watchstanders to request the assistance of a fixed wing aircraft crew for offshore coverage. A C-27 Spartan aircrew from US Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, California, provided the requested support. Weather on scene was 17-MPH winds, 7-foot high seas, an air temperature of 60 F and a water temperature of 63 F. ______________________ Pictured is Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Frayne, an aviation electronics technician, performing a test on an instrument inside a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter as part of maintenance at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, Mar. 26, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford.
Coast Guard crews medevaced a man suffering symptoms of a possible heart attack from the fishing vessel Leann, while the vessel was 18 miles off Reedsport, Ore., last night. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from U. S. Coast Guard Station Umpqua River, along with a rescue swimmer from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew out of U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend, safely transported the deckhand to emergency medical service personnel waiting at the station. Watchstanders at Sector North Bend were contacted around 8 p.m. by the fishing vessel Leann crew. The crew reported one of their deckhands was suffering a possible heart attack and requested assistance, the Coast Guard boat crew and aircrew launched in response. The aircrew lowered their rescue swimmer onto the fishing vessel and then both swimmer and deckhand transferred to the motor life boat. Once transferred to EMS personnel on shore, the deckhand was taken to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. The photo is of a Coast Guard aviation survival technician, aboard an dolphin helicopter from Sector North Bend, preparing a hoist hook during search and rescue training with a Station Umpqua River boat crew, Jan. 1, 2002. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Foster-Snell.
At yesterday's 75th anniversary memorial for the Coast Guard's only Medal of Honor recipient, Signalman First Class Douglas Munro, members of the Coast Guard Pipe Band played the Coast Guard Anthem, Semper Paratus. Listening to it played on a bagpipe with drum support was such a great experience it had to be shared. Enjoy!
Here is a great video from yesterday's 75th anniversary event in Cle Elum, Wash.,honoring the Coast Guard's only Medal of Honor recipient, Signalman First Class Douglass Munro.
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