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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We are continuing to monitor the response to overdue F/V Kelli J after a large unknown object was located today in… https://t.co/VCkQxxsTTk
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RT @MCPOCG: Congrats to Master Chief Jason Wong on his way to @USCGPacificNW to serve as #CommandMasterChief for the 13th District, and to…
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Today's #safeboating tip is to educate yourself on COLD WATER SHOCK. This happens when you fall in cold water and a… https://t.co/x4W4BVcdMR
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It can kill you in less than 1 minute and is one of the MOST DANGEROUS things threatening the lives of boaters across the PNW: Tuesday’s #safeboating tip: educate yourself on COLD WATER SHOCK! Here are a couple of links to help you understand why cold-water shock is one of the leading causes of drowning in victims that aren’t wearing a lifejacket: <a href="https://nationalwatersafetycongress.wildapricot.org/Cold-Water-Facts" target="_blank">https://nationalwatersafetycongress.wildapricot.org/Cold-Water-Facts</a> <a href="http://www.coldwatersafety.org/nccwsRules3.html" target="_blank">http://www.coldwatersafety.org/nccwsRules3.html</a>
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The crew of the USCGC Sea Fox, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported at Bangor, Washington, invites you to take a tour! If you&#39;re in the Puget Sound area, you can find them moored at the Port of Poulsbo for three days, their schedule as follows: Monday, May 21st - 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22nd - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 23rd - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of USCGC Sea Fox
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For National Safe Boating Week, remember to ALWAYS WEAR YOUR LIFEJACKET! It can only save your life if it is on you… https://t.co/7KZUve8RjB
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It&#39;s National Safe Boating Week and we want you to ALWAYS boat responsibly! We will be sharing information from the Safe Boating Campaign along with our own #safeboating tips throughout the week. Today&#39;s tip is to WEAR YOUR LIFEJACKET! Don&#39;t just have it aboard your vessel- WEAR IT! A lifejacket will only save your life if it is on your body, fits properly and is the proper type of jacket for the water sport you are doing. Also, check to make sure it&#39;s U.S. Coast Guard-approved! Click here for TRUE stories on how lifejackets saved these people: <a href="http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/life-jackets/saved-by-the-jacket/" target="_blank">http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/life-jackets/saved-by-the-jacket/</a>
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@GPJohnston It is not confirmed at this time. We are diving in the area we believe the vessel might have sunk, but… https://t.co/xtj73u6x6N
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Coast Guard is aware of protest activity near pier 18 which may interrupt port operations. We are coordinating with… https://t.co/ISMxAqDNLU
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All searches for mariner yielded negative results. Search has been suspended and efforts are switching to vessel salvage/fuel recovery
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The Kelli J reportedly has a pollution potential of 500 gallons of diesel. Global Diving and Salvage has been contr… https://t.co/S4wJuChjwx
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RT @EcySW: We are responding to a sheen and debris field in Willapa Bay, Pacific County. Search efforts for overdue fisherman underway by @…
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Crews responded to sheen and debris field found in Willapa Bay and searched throughout the night. CG is working clo… https://t.co/SfcO2My6lk
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#BREAKINGNEWS Coast Guard boat & air crews searching Willapa Bay for overdue mariner. Wife reported mariner missing… https://t.co/Q6mni7UEJi
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The #CoastGuard respects 1st amendment rights of planned protests in the @PortofSeattle Seattle Sunday. Safety is o… https://t.co/0shNUNEMR2
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The Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week, an annual observance to promote safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters, Saturday. National Safe Boating Week runs from May 19-25, is the launch of the 2018 North American Safe Boating Campaign, and is endorsed and promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating safety course, attach your engine cut-off switch, get a free vessel safety check, file a float plan and avoid alcohol or other impairing substance consumption. U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment New York.
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National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday. NSBW is an annual observance to promote safe and responsible boating… https://t.co/ezEw6C41gA
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@ShannonODKOMO @komonews Does anybody have a web link for the news coverage from Mariners Weather Education Day? Thanks!
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Coast Guard is scheduled to open its 2 southern Oregon seasonal stations in Bandon & Gold Beach this summer. Gold B… https://t.co/Nck0UjxpsJ
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The Coast Guard is scheduled to open its two southern Oregon seasonal stations in Bandon and Gold Beach again this summer. The seasonal station in Gold Beach is planned to open after dredging of the Rogue River Federal Navigation Project is complete. Weather permitting, this will occur around mid-July. The Coquille River station in Bandon is expected to open on Memorial Day weekend. ------------------------------------------------------------ Photo shown: The Coast Guard Coquille River Search and Rescue Detachment, in Bandon, Ore., opens annually on Memorial Day weekend as a forward operating location for personnel from Station Coos Bay, located in Charleston. Personnel from Station Coos Bay will operate a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and will stand the watch for the southern portion of Station Coos Bay&#39;s area of responsibility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.
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Our shipmates at U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River are amping up for National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25. Check out their page to see their boating/water safety tips and information!
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#USCG mass rescue exercise in The Dalles update. All injured persons and people in the water have been accounted fo… https://t.co/P61GqtsKTZ
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#USCG mass rescue exercise is on going and communications a major part of the drill. Getting communication right be… https://t.co/uiGTSBrQAb
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#USCG mass rescue exercise in The Dalles has begun and state and local agencies are at work rescuing scenario victi… https://t.co/tOdWOTsw8o
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#BREAKINGNEWS CG is aware of protest activity near Pier 15 which may interrupt port operations. We are coordinating… https://t.co/YU6JyerinG
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#searchandrescue #USCG aircrew from Air Facility Newport rescues surfer stuck on cliffside May 13. https://t.co/KDEJ4Scjgm
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U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend rescues surfer from cliffside, Sunday, May 13. Thank you to U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay and Fireman Zachary Hackman for sharing the video of this rescue on the south side of Yaquina Head.
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U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend personnel and a Lincoln County vertical rescue team rescued a surfer off a cliffside near Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Sunday evening. A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport, hoisted the surfer from the cliffside and transported him to the Newport Airport where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services. Lincoln County Dispatch relayed a call to Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North Bend at 7:32 p.m., reporting the stranded surfer on the cliffside. The surfer abandoned his surfboard and climbed up some rocks after being pulled from the beach by a riptide. Read more here: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/7JrT5z" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/7JrT5z</a>
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Coast Guard rescue personnel and a Pacific County, Washington, beach rescue team assisted a kayaker in distress after the kayaker capsized in Willapa Bay, Sunday evening. The kayaker was prepared for his emergency situation and was able to self-report and guide rescuers to him. Read more here: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/7Jh57_" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/7Jh57_</a> The video describes the free Coast Guard cellphone app that can help you be ready for an emergecny situation too. The app allows boaters to schedule a vessel safety check, file a float plan or even call for help, plus much more. Look for the app on your device&#39;s app store before you head out onto the water.
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The Seattle Federal Executive Board honored nine Coast Guard Teams and one individual from the Seattle area to recognize them for outstanding deeds of public service. Teams honored were: *Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Armory *Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Enforcement Division *Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Port State Control Team MOL Prestige *Coast Guard District Thirteen Pre-CLEAR Team *Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Facility & Container Team, *International Port Security Delegations *Sunnfjord Offshore Search and Rescue *Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Domestic Vessel Inspections Branch *Puget Sound Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Team and Ms. Jill Lazo was honored as an individual recipient. Award criteria includes: o Extraordinary contributions in the accomplishment of the agency’s mission o Extraordinary contributions that have resulted in a significant cost savings o Extraordinary contributions in the improvement of customer service o Extraordinary contributions that have resulted in a significant impact on the community at large. o Extraordinary contributions that have resulted in environmentally sustainable operations or programs
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We have received an update about the efforts to assist the entangled whale off of Washington. Due to loss of daylight all operations were concluded for the safety of the response crews. A tracker has reportedly been deployed with the whale to help crews swiftly locate the animal in the morning as seas and weather allow for safe operations. However, as of this time, the whale remains entangled.
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Whale Entanglement Update: Cascadia Research Collective crew members working as part of the Large Whale Entanglement Response Network and operating under NOAA permit number 18786-02 along with crewmembers from Coast Guard Quillayute River assess the situation of an entangled juvenile Gray whale more than 15 miles off of La Push, WA. Cascada, along with Sea life Response Rehabilitation and Research have responded to assist in attempting to unentangle the whale from the lines of fishing gear. For more information about Large Whale Entanglement, visit: <a href="http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/marine_mammals/entanglement_faq.html" target="_blank">http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/marine_mammals/entanglement_faq.html</a>
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Post edited with correct information about the type of whale. NOAA and Coast Guard crews are responding to an entangled whale more than 15 miles off of La Push, WA. The whale has been identified as a juvenile Gray Whale and it is entangled in the lines of fishing gear. The Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Quillayute River is providing a safety escort of the volunteer response group as they attempt to locate and unentangle the whale. Ensuring the safety of marine wildlife is part of the Coast Guard’s Living Marine Resources (LMR) mission. The service has an active Marine Protected Species protection program, with a strategic plan titled OCEAN STEWARD. Patrolling surface units and aircraft routinely provide information on migratory birds and marine mammal sightings and interactions, as well as working closely with agency partners and stakeholders through stranding networks and National Marine Sanctuaries. Photo was taken by a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles
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Coast Guard Base Seattle is hosting a Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit for transitioning service members, retirees, veterans, and military spouses in the Base Seattle Gym May 31, from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m. Participants will be able to connect with local and national employers. This military-to-civilian career transition event includes a series of industry-specific education briefs, veteran-focused resume writing and digital networking workshops, panel discussions with employers from a cross section of fields and networking opportunities. The event targets those within 24 months of transition, military spouses, and anyone in our Coast Guard community who wants to learn more about preparing for career change. For more details or to register, visit: <a href="https://www.cvent.com/events/coast-guard-seattle-wa-transition-summit/registration-a950974a347e4a4dbadf9fc844476db4.aspx?fqp=true" target="_blank">https://www.cvent.com/events/coast-guard-seattle-wa-transition-summit/registration-a950974a347e4a4dbadf9fc844476db4.aspx?fqp=true</a>
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Mother&#39;s Day is just around the corner and U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend&#39;s own AET2 Kassandra Hunter, a helicopter flight mechanic, has been featured (read below). Get an inside look into the life of an amazing Coast Guard woman, wife and mother! Happy (early) Mother&#39;s Day to all of our amazing Coast Guard women and spouses!
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**UPDATE** Global Dive & Salvage Team still working to remove diesel fuel from sunken vessel in La Push. 30-40 gallons were absorbed from the water via absorbent pads. Dive team removed all fuel from vessel’s Port side; currently working to remove remaining fuel from Starboard side. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division (IMD) team working with vessel owner to conduct vessel salvage operations.
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Coast Guard monitoring potential diesel oil spill in La Push, today. Fishing vessel Shilaily began taking on water w/bilge pumps running while moored at pier and sank at 6 a.m. There is reportedly 100 gallons of diesel fuel on board. Boom and absorbent pads have been placed around area. Global Dive and Salvage Team is on scene with Coast Guard assessing the situation. Updates will follow as received.
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A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector North Bend medevac’d a crewmember from the 36-foot fishing vessel Lacie Belle and transported him to medical personnel at the Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. The mariner was reportedly suffering seizures and was airlifted from the vessel about 10 miles north of Cape Blanco, Friday. Read full story here: <a href="https://goo.gl/YKxFTc" target="_blank">https://goo.gl/YKxFTc</a>
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Lt. Richard Russell, commanding officer, U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle, was one of three spokespeople aboard the Washington State Ferry Puyallup today to talk to members of the local media about boating safety prior to the start of the Washington State 2018 boating season. Some takeaways: Always wear your life jacket and require all your passengers wear a life jacket as well. Have extra safety equipment, know where it&#39;s kept and practice using it. It doesn&#39;t matter if you think you have the right of way. It&#39;s on every person on the water to avoid a collision regardless of who&#39;s supposed to move for who.
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