13th Coast Guard District
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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.

Coast Guard monitors Kalan Railroad Bridge repairs after it suffered significant equipment failure Wednesday. “We are working with the railroad company to address the maritime traffic and restore the flow of commerce,” said Cmdr. Michele Schallip, Waterways Management Branch Chief, 13th Coast Guard District. “As the bridge repairs are being made, we will continually update the public as we work to limit economic impacts.” After the bridge became stuck in the down position with no estimated repair time, a broadcast notice to mariners was issued and the Union Pacific Railroad Company has work crews on the bridge to continue repairs.
BZ to our shipmates at U.S. Coast Guard Station Bellingham for assisting two in the water near San Juan Islands after their vessel capsized. Even while underway for other missions, our Coast Guard men and women are always ready!
Coast Guard service members honored the life of the late Master Chief Phillip F. Smith, who was the second Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and died June 22, 2017. Smith took the post of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard August 1, 1973. As the second enlisted man to serve as the enlisted advisor to the Commandant, Smith was able to stay connected to the enlisted ranks throughout the service and maintained a liaison with his counterparts in the other four armed services through the end of his tour in 1977. For more information about Master Chief Smith's service, please read here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a9bc30
The Coast Guard medevaced an ill fisherman off the commercial fishing vessel Kandi Dawn 75 miles offshore of Lincoln City, Oregon, early Tuesday morning. An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the fisherman suffering from symptoms related to a heart attack and delivered the patient to the Level 1 Trauma Center at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. Watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend received the call for help from the captain of the fishing vessel Kandi Dawn at 1:30 a.m. and requested support from the Sector Columbia River aircrew and its long-range asset at 2 a.m. The Jayhawk aircrew arrived on scene with the vessel and patient at 3:41 a.m. and safely hoisted and transferred the patient to OHSU for further care at 5:50 a.m. goo.gl/bPX3VS
Military retirees, active duty personnel and civilians with Coast Guard Base Seattle access come celebrate Retiree Appreciation Day, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Coast Guard will be designating the city of Florence, Oregon the home of U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River as an official Coast Guard City at a ceremony scheduled to be held Aug. 16, 2017. The city will be accepted as the 24th official Coast Guard City and the third one in Oregon joining Astoria and Newport. “Over the past 100 years, the community has rallied around and accepted the men and women of the Coast Guard as their own,” said Rear Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard 13th District. “The support of communities like Florence is essential in helping our crews and families to be ready at all times. We are happy to be able to highlight these local efforts by designating Florence a Coast Guard City.” Read more here: goo.gl/KG1Cvn
Coast Guard crews are responding to the Warrenton Marina where the commercial fishing vessel Western Skies has sunk and is leaking fuel Sunday. Coast Guard incident management division personnel, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, have opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for $40,000 and has hired Global Diving and Salvage to conduct cleanup and pollution recovery efforts. Coast Guard was notified at around 5:30 a.m. that the 43-foot vessel sank at its moorings and there was diesel fuel actively leaking from the partially submerged vessel. Personnel from the Warrenton Marina deployed containment boom around the vessel to minimize the potential impact of the leaking diesel fuel. The amount of diesel fuel and other oil products on board the vessel is unknown. Global Diving and Salvage response crews are deploying to the scene and will conduct operations as safety allows. Coast Guard crews are attempting to contact the vessel owner, but have so far been unable to. There were no persons known to be aboard the vessel at the time of its sinking.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Fir received a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony at the cutter’s moorings at Tongue Point in Astoria. During the traditional military ceremony, Cmdr. Kristen Serumgard transferred command to Lt. Cmdr. Jason Haag with Rear Adm. David Throop, commander Coast Guard 13th District, presiding. Under Serumgard’s command, from July 2014 through July 2017, the crew of the Fir serviced more than 150 navigational aids and five NOAA weather buoys each year. These buoys include 36 percent of the Coast Guard’s largest buoys that stand 35 feet tall and 9 feet wide and weigh up to 18,000 pounds. By keeping buoys serviced the cutter’s crew helps ensure the safe transit of more than 44 million tons of foreign trade worth $24 billion. Read more here: goo.gl/MvAgnw
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Enforcement Division personnel team with local, state and other federal law enforcement agencies including Clatsop County Sheriff's Office with training and law enforcement on a regular basis. Local and state partners are force multipliers for the Coast Guard, but at the same time our air and afloat assets help other agencies put eyes on their overall jurisdictions and priorities. “Working with partner agencies has a tangible effect on the community,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Morris, enforcement division chief, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “Going out together on one platform and enforcing federal, state and local laws at the same time is a really good investment of taxpayer money as it allows for more operational flexibility and less strain on manpower.”
Rep Suzanne Bonamici visited U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and met with Rear. Adm. David Throop, commander Coast Guard 13th District, Capt. Bill Timmons, commander Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Capt. David Berliner, deputy commander Sector Columbia River and the rest of the command cadre. She also was able to meet with some Coast Guard spouses. During the visit she toured Coast Guard housing to see the Coast Guard's efforts to improve available housing, the vision for expanding CG owned housing, and learned of the area's housing challenges. Finally, she rode aboard U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 52-foot Motor Life Boat Triumph to understand the unique capabilities of the four 50+ year old vessels that only operate in the 13th District. During the ride on the river, she learned the importance of continuing the heavy weather long-range capabilities that the 52-foot MLB asset provides.
The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen from the fishing vessel New Faith that was sinking 52 miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Saturday morning. The two men where hoisted off the New Faith, a 40-foot commercial fishing vessel homeported in Coos Bay, by two separate aircrews aboard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, one from Sector North Bend and the other from Air Facility Newport, and flew them to North Bend where they were released without need for medical care. A communications watchstander at Sector North Bend received a mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16 at 5:10 a.m. The captain of the vessel New Faith reported that his vessel was taking on water from an unknown location. The Sector North Bend aircrew was airborne at 5:50 a.m. and on scene at 6:23 a.m., where they lowered a rescue swimmer to facilitate communications and assist with dewatering. The Air Facility Newport aircrew was airborne at 6:30 a.m. and on scene at 6:54 a.m. After dewatering efforts were unsuccessful, the fishermen where safely hoisted into the helicopters, the captain at 7:13 a.m. and the deckhand at 7:34 a.m. There was less than 300 gallons of diesel and 1 ton of albacore tuna catch reported onboard the vessel. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Orcas confirmed the vessel sank. Audio of mayday call can be heard here: goo.gl/SEo98t
Coast Guard Rear Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard 13th District, presented Mrs. Darci Dawson with the Meritorious Public Service Award at a ceremony held at the Coast Guard Museum Northwest, today. Dawson was recognized for her selfless actions after she saved the life of a drowning toddler, Kaden Sluggett, on July 9, 2016. While vacationing with family in Montana last summer, Dawson was swimming in Warm Spring Creek and discovered the submerged floating body of Sluggett floating past her. Using her former training as a lifeguard and her knowledge of CPR, Dawson retrieved the toddler’s lifeless body from the water and resuscitated him with 15 minutes of CPR while transiting to meet an ambulance on a remote stretch of highway. Sluggett was in the water for six to 10 minutes, floated downstream over a half mile, then regained a pulse and breathing on his own after Dawson administered CPR. His full recovery was considered a medical miracle and he left the hospital two days later. Imagery Release here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1a867c1
The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel aground in the vicinity of Skamokawa, Washington, after the vessel Argent Cosmos lost the use of a fuel pump and ran aground at 6:28 a.m. Thursday. There are no reports of pollution in the river, flooding aboard the vessel or injuries to crewmembers. The Coast Guard was notified when the vessel began incident notifications. A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River conducted an over flight at 9 a.m. and reported no signs of pollution. A boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II from Station Cape Disappointment is en route to the vessel with a Sector Columbia River inspections team. The Argent Cosmos, a 557-foot Panamanian-flagged tanker is loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol. It also has 458,074 gallons of high-sulfur oil and 99,064 gallons of low-sulfur oil aboard. The vessel was heading outbound after finishing a port call at Longview, Washington. Two tugs are on scene to assist the vessel as the water rises with the incoming tide. Capt. Bill Timmons, commander Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and captain of the port has placed a no-movement order on the vessel until Coast Guard inspectors ensure the safety of the environment and the crew aboard. The Coast Guard is working with state and local partners during the incident. goo.gl/ZhfXoq
The Coast Guard Cutter Orcas completed a 105 mile tow of the fishing vessel McKenzie Rose and bringing its four-member crew back to land safely, Wednesday. The Orcas's crew left Coos Bay, July 3, after the fishing vessel's crew called Sector North Bend for help after losing power while at sea. A crew aboard the 52-foot Motor Life Boat Intrepid from Station Coos Bay met the Orcas and the McKenzie Rose at the Coos Bay sea-buoy and relieved the Orcas of the tow. A job well done by both crews.
The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology responders oversaw the removal of an estimated 150 gallons of diesel from the commercial fishing vessel Donna, Wednesday after it sank in the Hoquiam River near Hoquiam,Washington, Tuesday night. The 48-foot commercial fishing vessel Donna sank at its mooring along the Hoquiam River causing an oil sheen on the river triggering the cleanup response from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and Washington Department of Ecology personnel. An electronic position indicating radio beacon alert received in the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center, located in Seattle, guided Coast Guard responders aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor to the sunken vessel. After being unable to get a hold of the owner of the vessel, the federal on-scene coordinator representative from Sector Columbia River opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to contract Global Diving and Salvage for cleanup purposes. Global Diving and Salvage personnel placed boom around the sunken vessel and pumped off the diesel from the vessels fuel tanks. If an owner/responsible party for the vessel is located the National Pollution Funds Center can seek reimbursement for the cost of the cleanup.
Do you know the owner of this 13-foot inflatable dinghy? Coast Sector Puget Sound is seeking any information you might have. Please call 206-217-6001. The dinghy was found adrift by the captain of the tug Spirit of Olympia In vicinity of Shilshole Bay Red Buoy 6. The dinghy was located with the motor down, key in the ignition, and a half drank water bottle inside. The Coast Guard has been searching the area with a boat and helicopter but have not seen any signs of distress.
A friend reminder to exercise safety on and around the water as we head into the Fourth of July holiday. Not even 24 hours to go until the Fouth and Coast Guard 13th District members have already responded to three people in the water after their vessel sank north of the Columbia River entrance, a disabled pleasure craft with five people aboard 1 mile south of Nehalem Bay and a kayaker clinging to his kayak 100 yards off the Tillamook coast. At 7:16 a.m., watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report from the crew of the pleasure craft Aggi K that their vessel was taking on water and their dewatering pumps could not keep up. Communications were lost shortly after. Watchstanders issued a urgent marine information broadcast and the crew of the charter vessel Pacific Dream responded and retrieved all three people, who were all wearing life jackets, out of the water. The vessel reportedly already sunk by the time the charter crew made it on scene. The charter crew transfered the three people to a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, who transported them back to station for medical evaluation by emergency medical service personnel. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from sector searched the area for the vessel, but did not see it or any signs of pollution. At 8:52 a.m., sector watchstanders received notification over VHF channel 16 of a disabled 27-foot pleasure craft half a mile off Nedonna Beach with five people aboard. Watchstanders maintained a communication schedule with the mariners as a 47-Foot MLB crew from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay launched in response. The boat crew placed the pleasure craft in a stern tow and safely towed them to the Garibaldi Marina. At 11:41 a.m. sector watchstanders received a relay from 911 dispatchers of a person in the water, clinging to his kayak, north of the Cape Meares Lighthouse. The reporting source was the kayakers wife, who advised that he was knocked off of his kayak about an hour before the distress call was made and might be hypothermic. A 47-foot MLB crew from station Tillamook and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from sector launched in response. A friend of the kayaker responded as well on a second kayak, but was unable to assist once he arrived. Local agency personnel also responded, with shore-side units and two personal watercraft launched out of Netarts. The 47-foot MLB crew arrived arrived and retrieved the kayaker from the water, as well as brought is friend aboard. A 29-Foot Response-Boat Small II crew from station arrived on scene and gathered both kayaks. The MLB crew moored back at station and transferred the two kayakers to waiting EMS personnel. Pictured is Mike Rudolph (yellow gloves), a fishing vessel safety examiner from the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, as he taught students ways to make themselves easier to be seen from aircraft overhead in Newport, Oregon, March 24, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford.
Welcome home to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, who returned from a 62-day patrol yesterday. While underway, they engaged in anti-narcotic patrols off the West coast, represented the Coast Guard during the Rose Festival in Portland and participated in a three-week training event, in which the crew's outstanding scores lead to a clean sweep and they earned the Battle “E” excellence awards in all five combat warfare categories. U.S. Coast Guard photos courtesy of the USCGC Alert.
A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced an injured 17-year-old female after she fell around 100 feet while hiking near the staircase of Home Sweet Home inside the Olympic National Park, on Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station / SFO Port Angeles hoisted the hiker and transferred her to Olympic Medical Center personnel. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received the medevac request from Olympic National Park rangers. The rangers already reached out to coordinators with the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, the agency responsible for coordinating on-land federal search and rescue activities, but the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island SAR aircrew was already responding to a different fallen hiker. Once on scene, the dolphin helicopter crew landed, the rescue swimmer got out and climb to the hiker. The helicopter crew then lifted back off and lowered the litter to the swimmer, who stayed with the hiker while the crew refueled. The hiker reported having numbness on her right side and pain in her neck. U.S. Coast Guard photos courtesy of Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles.
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