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.

About

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 in the U.S. moving 24 million passengers and 11 million vehicles annually across 10 routes, the 3rd largest domestic port, the 3rd largest cruise ship port, and the number one grain export gateway in the U.S. through the Columbia River. 

D13 is made up of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. More than 3,000 active duty and reserve members, civilian employees, and Coast Guard Auxiliarists are stationed in the Pacific 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, maritime safety and security team, and Base Seattle.

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Kicking this Friday off checking in with one of our marine neighbors, video and pics of whales in Tillamook Bay from earlier this week! Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Molloy, the commanding officer at U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, captured this on his return from the district Commanding Officer/Commanding Officer in Charge conference on Wednesday, April 18th.
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The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Alert and Steadfast, both 210-foot Medium Endurance cutters homeported in Astoria, Oregon, assisted in a project lead by the Columbia River Maritime Museum and included students from five different Oregon schools and five schools from Hachinohe, Japan. The students from the schools built mini-boats designed to be sailed across the Pacific Ocean. The crews from the Alert and Steadfast launched two of the boats. Read more about the mini-boat project and track the progress of the boats at <a href="https://www.crmm.org" target="_blank">https://www.crmm.org</a>
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A decommissioned propeller from Oregon-based Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell was presented to the Columbia River Maritime Museum during a brief ceremony held at the Astoria museum, Tuesday. Rear Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard 13th District, presented the decommissioned propeller from the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell, a 100-foot inland river buoy tender homeported at Swan Island in Portland, to the Columbia River Maritime Museum as a historical representation of the cutter’s service on the Columbia River. Commissioned, April 4, 1945, Bluebell is the second oldest still-serving cutter in the Coast Guard fleet. Bluebell personnel have served in the Pacific Northwest servicing aids to navigation along the Columbia, Snake and Willamette River systems for 73 years. The main mission of the cutter is to facilitate safe commerce on hundreds of miles of inland waterways. Read more here: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/78h636" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/78h636</a>
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#USCG District 13 and Cutter Bluebell leadership presented a decommissioned propeller to the Columbia River Maritim… https://t.co/8OvkJ1VtWo
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U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Chief Petty Officer Lauren Walton competed as Mrs. Clatsop County in the Mrs. Oregon America Pageant held March 17, 2018, at West Linn High School in West Linn, Oregon. By day, Walton as the chief yeoman in the administrative shop oversees administrative support functions for 550 Coast Guard personnel including pay, entitlements, travel orders, awards, career moves, retirement and veteran benefits. By night she is a doting mother and wife and somehow finds time for constant self-improvement including running half and full marathons. Walton&#39;s work within the community made her a strong representative of Clatsop County. Currently she is the president of the local chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA). Under her leadership, membership tripled, community outreach soared to new heights, and the spirit of giving and compassion within the community was invigorated. In calendar years 2016 and 2017 the Lower Columbia River CPOA chapter raised $20,000 total and is on track to raise at least $50,000 in 2018 alone. Travis Lauren Walton Read more about Chief Petty Officer Walton and her accomplishments at the Coast Guard Pacific Northwest blog linked below.
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Last night Coast Guard personnel from the Seattle area participated in the Mariners annual Salute to the Armed Forces night. The evenings pregame events included a plaque presentation to Rear Admiral David Throop, commander, 13th District, Coast guard members lining the field and being recognized by the fans, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Yost, and electrician&#39;s mate and Enlisted Person of the Year for the 13th District, throwing the ceremonial first pitch which was caught by the Mariners left hand pitcher Wade LeBlanc. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Chief Petty officer David Mosley
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Rear Adm. Throop, commander, 13th district, presented Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Yost with a Coast Guard Achievement Medal during the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound All Hands this morning. She was presented the award in relation her incredible work while stationed with U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, which led to her being picked as the district Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year for 2017. BZ shipmate! U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.
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@rogue3 @MoonWolf95 Once rider is found safe, the bike is removed from the ferry to the terminal where it can be retrieved by the owner.
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Bicycles left on Washington State Ferries significantly impact ferry and Coast Guard operations. When a bicycle is… https://t.co/wocUrLF5bx
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#USCG Captains of the port have reopened all the Pacific Northwest River Bars that were closed last night and this… https://t.co/jIfXu7v3nl
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#USCG reports the Columbia River, Tillamook Bay and Depoe Bay have joined Pacific Northwest bar closures. Still no… https://t.co/VJbd8cgmZ5
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#USCG Captains of the Port have closed the Quillayute River Bar, Yaquina Bay Bar, Siuslaw River and Umpqua River Ba… https://t.co/VJbYGWOu5K
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#BREAKING #USCG sadly reports that a Coast Guard boat crew has transferred remains of woman found in Columbia River… https://t.co/Tkoxdof21d
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@KOMODeskFolk Helicopter has not returned yet. Condition of woman is not known at this time.
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@KATUNews Don’t have any further details at this time.
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#BREAKING #USCG aircrew and boat crews search for and find woman who fell into Columbia River after being aboard th… https://t.co/4kQHzQIVwE
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#USCG Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Hylkema, from Station Grays Harbor, was presented with the Coast Guard Medal fo… https://t.co/YrUfTdkqAC
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Petty Officer 1st Class Jake Taz Hylkema, a boatswain&#39;s mate at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, was presented the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism during a ceremony held at the station. Hylkema was presented the award for his efforts during a rescue on the night of Oct. 6, 2016. Hylkema was serving as a crewmember aboard Station Grays Harbor’s 52-foot Motor Lifeboat Invincible during the rescue of the master of the sailing vessel Grace offshore the Long Beach Peninsula. After recognizing the master was entangled in a line in the water, unable to free himself and in danger of drowning, Hylkema volunteered to jump into the 18 to 20 foot breaking seas as a surface swimmer. He swam 150 feet to the master and cut him free. He then held the master in the life ring as his fellow crewmembers aboard the Invincible pulled them back to the rescue boat. The Coast Guard Medal was first authorized by Title USC &#167;493, Aug. 4, 1949. The Coast Guard Medal may be awarded, by the President, but not in the name of Congress, to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, distinguishes themselves by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. To justify this decoration, individuals must have performed a voluntary act of heroism in the face of great danger to themselves and such as to stand out distinctly above normal expectations.
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The Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and multiple local law enforcement K-9 units including K9 Steele from Marysville Police, Bothell Police, Bremerton Police, Fife Police and King County Sheriff conducted a joint-agency counter narcotics operation during a search of a container ship. Photo courtesy of Marysville Police Department.
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Today is 406 Day! 406 Day is a national campaign run by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) to spread awareness of the importance of emergency position indicating radio beacons, or EPIRBS, and personal locator beacons, or PLBs, in regards to boating safety. An EPIRB works by transmitting a signal that is picked up by a satellite and then relayed as a call for help to a rescue coordination center. Federal law requires that all EPIRBs be registered in the NOAA SARSAT Beacon Registration Database, which is free to all beacon owners. Additionally, it is required that the owner information be updated if beacon ownership changes. Registration and updates can be done online at www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov or by contacting the NOAA SARSAT Beacon Registration Database at 1-888-212-SAVE (7283). Having a properly registered bacon is essential in an emergency response situation, or in the event of a false alert or accidental activation. A false alert is a non-distress activation of a 406 MHz emergency beacon. It can be caused by accidental activation during testing, mishandling, improper installation, or unfamiliarity with beacon operation. Emergency personnel respond to all alerts as an emergency situation. Having a properly registered beacon will allow responding personnel to contact the owner in the effort to determine if an emergency situation exists or if a false alert has taken place. Boat owners who accidentally activated their beacon, MUST call the US Coast Guard at 1-855-406-USCG (8724) with your beacon’s hex ID ready to cancel the false alert. This helps protect Search and Rescue personnel who would otherwise be out looking for you during an actual emergency.
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Congratulations to U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay and Petty Officer 1st Class Lucas Nelson for winning the 2018 Shutter Showdown. Way to represent District 13, the Pacific Northwest, 52-foot Motor Life Boat community and the small-boat community. This photo was taken by an everyday smartphone and it beat photos taken with fancy cameras. This shows the power of capturing Coast Guard operational imagery with the tools you already possess. U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River
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A Coast Guard aircrew rescued four commercial fishermen after their 54-foot fishing vessel capsized off the coast of Rockaway Beach, Sunday evening. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River hoisted the four fishermen to safety and transported them to the helicopter landing pad at Coast Guard Station Tillamook Baywhere they were transferred to local emergency medical technicians for further care and evaluation. Command Center watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received a mayday call over VHF-FM channel 16 at 4:17 p.m. from the captain of the commercial fishing vessel MT Tamgas reporting that they were capsizing and the four crewmembers were abandoning ship into the vessel’s life raft. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Station Tillamook Bay and the aircrew from Sector Columbia River were launched. The aircrew arrived on scene at 4:51 p.m. and lowered an aviation survival technician from the helicopter to rescue the fishermen from the life raft. Only one of the fishermen was reported to need medical treatment for symptoms related to hypothermia. On a side note this rescue was a first for three members of the aircrew: Lt. Jason Weeks&#39; first rescue as an aircraft commander Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Johnson&#39;s first rescue as a qualified flight mechanic Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Hale&#39;s first life saved as a rescue swimmer Lt. Tripp Haas was the fourth member of the crew as the co-pilot
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#USCG Sector Columbia River MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescued 4 commercial fishermen 12 miles offshore of Ro… https://t.co/784zz3S8I1
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#BREAKING update #USCG crews have stood down response to capsized catamaran and two persons in the water. This was… https://t.co/5i6e1eJCTd
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#BREAKING #USCG air and boat crews are responding to the scene of a capsized catamaran with 2 confirmed persons in… https://t.co/zF3ocNPqFV
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#Breaking #USCG rescued all four fishermen from the commercial fishing vessel Mt. Tamgus. Fishermen hoisted into MH… https://t.co/wRuiBz17KX
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#BREAKING #USCG aircrew and boat crew on scene with capsized vessel Mt. Tamgus. Three fishermen made it into life r… https://t.co/iKc0Co1ncN
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#BREAKING #USCG air and boat crews responding to capsized commercial fishing vessel 15 miles off entrance to Tillam… https://t.co/L03ol92SsA
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The Coast Guard rescued three boaters, Saturday evening, after their boat started taking on water near the United Grain Facility near the Port of Vancouver, Washington. A Station Portland boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat – Small II pulled the three boaters, one male and two females all in their 40s, from the 19-foot boat and transported them to the Red Lion Hotel pier in Vancouver where the boaters were checked out by emergency medical services. The Coast Guard boat crew was on a routine patrol when they came across the distressed boaters at 5:45 p.m. After pulling all three people to safety, the male boater jumped off the Coast Guard boat in an effort to rescue his boat, but the boat crew again rescued the man. At 6:24 p.m. all three boaters were safe on land. EMS reported no injuries or medical concerns. The Coast Guard boat crew returned to check on the boat and found a Clark County Fire boat crew on scene trying to save the boat. The boat did sink, but it is secured to some pilings and salvage plans will be made.
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#breaking #USCG Station Portland boat crew rescued 3 boaters, 1 male 2 females after their boat started taking on w… https://t.co/3cWJqRYyW9
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#breaking Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay boat crew rescued a kayaker who capsized while setting crab pots inside Tillamook Bay near Garibaldi. The rescue occurred 10 minutes after the Coast Guard was notified. USCG reminds all boaters that warm and sunny temperatures don&#39;t mean warm water. Be prepared. Please enjoy your Easter weekend, but be safe while doing it. U.S. Coast Guard Stock photo.
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#breaking #USCG Station Tillamook Bay boat crew rescued a kayaker who capsized while setting crab pots inside the b… https://t.co/vvkk8YVcQy
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This post from Station Yaquina Bay shares just a couple examples of tows that our small boat station crews in Oregon and Washington do all the time. Our boat crews are always there when the fishing fleet needs them.
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#breaking #USCG standing down down search efforts in Sinclair Inlet. Missing woman confirmed safe on land by Port Orchard Police Department.
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A Station Bellingham boat crew assisted two lost divers after the divers were found by an Air Station Port Angeles aircrew. The divers were reported missing by the father and grandfather of the divers.
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A Coast Guard aircrew located a father and son diving pair after the divers became separated from their dive boat while diving near the San Juan Islands, Thursday. The father and son divers, ages 46 and 18 respectively and from Forest Grove, Oregon, were located safe on land and were transported back to their dive boat and reunited with family with no reported injuries by a boat crew from @USCoastGuardStationBellingham. The divers were reported missing to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 1:35 p.m., by the father and grandfather of the divers and operator of the dive boat, who is from Anecortes, after the divers didn’t surface at the planned location of Colville Island. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles was launched at 1:45 p.m. The aircrew located the divers at Point Colville on Lopez Island at 2:24 p.m. Read more here: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/72mqbp" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/72mqbp</a>
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Are you or do you know a commercial, passenger, recreational sail or power boat mariner? Only a couple days left to share your thoughts with the #USCG on international requirements, environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources! <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/72Zbrh" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/72Zbrh</a> Pictured are members of the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Ore., standing by as a 20-foot buoy is loaded onto the deck for inspection in Astoria, Ore., Sept. 11, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.
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Rear Admiral David Throop, commander, 13th District, presented the Coast Guard’s Public Service Commendation to Josie Clark, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Coast Guard’s Meritorious Public Service Award to Alan Allen, honoring each for their significant services to the service and the nation, during a meeting of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan committee meeting in Tacoma, Today. Clark was honored for her “strong focus on emerging risks associated with the ‘American Energy Renaissance,’” resulting in the development of a more comprehensive plan for response, preparedness and environmental compliance. Allen was honored for his efforts and expertise in response to maritime environmental incidents, including having operational oversight of 376 significant in situ oil pollution burns eliminating an estimated 12.6 million gallons of oil, or 17 percent of the total estimated spilled.
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At-sea memorial and wreath laying in honor of Petty Officer Ronald Gill Jr. near Vashon Island, Washington. Boat crews in attendance include U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle, Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor and Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101 Seattle.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Estep with U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle invites you to join us live for the 11th at-sea memorial for Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Gill Jr. around 9:30 a.m. PST today.
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