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Welcome to the 13th Coast Guard District!

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 and 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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Crew members aboard the 14-foot vessel requested towing assistance at 4 p.m. today after their vessel got stuck in… https://t.co/IMVlWPbAV1
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Coast Guard Air Facility Newport helo crew rescued 2 people aboard a 14-ft recreational vessel that ran aground in… https://t.co/10P15Triru
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Coast Guard crews suspended their search at approximately 8:30 p.m. last night due to negative search results.
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Coast Guard has been searching for possible person in water near Bainbridge Island since 9 a.m. this morning. Repor… https://t.co/IPACYWwXRY
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RT @EcySW: Tail end of car-carrier in Lake River @PortRidgefield https://t.co/Z4EjSDhUYy
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RT @EcySW: New pic of the truck out of the water and the long, narrow boat ramp the truck miraculously rolled down and into the river! To c…
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Clark County Fire and Rescue and the Dept. of Energy each deployed 300 feet of absorbent boom (equaling 600 feet) a… https://t.co/VnEmibBw6u
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RT @EcySW: We’re responding to a spill from a car-carrier truck that’s fallen into Lake River at @PortRidgefield. We understand driver is O…
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@EcologyWA and BNSF Railroad personnel on scene. Less than 5 gallons diesel fuel released into water. Incident is b… https://t.co/oiDw88mWJG
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At about 9am, a train collided with a semi truck, causing the truck to roll downhill onto a boat ramp in the water… https://t.co/2bqMnbcsAn
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A #USCG aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector Field Office/Air Station Port Angeles medically evac… https://t.co/BNlJpdrLmS
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Five #USCG aviators from Sector Columbia River were presented with the Air Medal during a ceremony held in Warrento… https://t.co/9GYahHbcFI
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Suspicious object deemed harmless, Coast Guard assets and safety zone have been stood down.
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At ~11:30 a.m., Global Diving and Salvage workers spotted a potential suspicious device attached below the waterlin… https://t.co/23oeoNA5PX
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Today we honored Seaman Aaron Joppru. Fair winds and following seas shipmate https://t.co/JUqqbY7Qew
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#USCG Station Umpqua River and Sector North Bend crews responded to boat that capsized after dragging anchor into t… https://t.co/hm3e8CYJme
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@tgilthvedt @EcologyWA @OregonDEQ Good evening Trevor, As noted in the release the source of the spill is being in… https://t.co/WTU2TWKunj
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Release on the collaborative response with @EcologyWA and @OregonDEQ to the sheen today on the Columbia River betw… https://t.co/8drbIlsLsz
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RT @EcologyWA: We are responding to a sheen on Columbia River near St. Helens, OR in coordination with @USCGPacificNW https://t.co/TnTwVrnm…
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Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Boss becomes the Coast Guard's 56th Master Cutterman, which means that he has accumulated more than 20 years of sea-time. He also transferred command of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell to Chief Warrant Officer Joel "Brandon" Henderson. Rear Adm. David Throop, commander Coast Guard 13th District, presided over the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland
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The Coast Guard conducted operations on Lake Coeur d’Alene, located on the border between Idaho and Washington, to assist local maritime law enforcement and maintain a safe waterway during the busy week leading up to and through Independence Day. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi
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A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew recovered an unresponsive individual from the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca this afternoon, transferred him to local Emergency Medical Service personnel waiting on shore and then to the Olympic Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. “We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim who were affected by this tragedy,” said Capt. M.M. Balding, Sector Puget Sound Commanding Officer. “Any time we are unable to accomplish our goal of saving lives, we are deeply saddened. Our thoughts are with them in their time of grief.”
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We held a change-of-watch ceremony earlier today in Seattle. Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Wong assumed the duties of district command master chief from Master Chief Petty Officer Sean McPhilamy, and Master Chief Petty Officer Ryan Hooper assumed the duties of reserve command master chief from Master Chief Petty Officer Timothy Beard. McPhilamy is off to serve as the command master chief for the Coast Guard Director of Operational Logistics in Norfolk, Virginia. Beard is headed down to serve as the reserve command master chief at U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, California.
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BZ to our shipmate who was featured in The Seattle Times’ segment, “Cool Jobs.”
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Over one of the busiest weeks for boating at Lake Coeur d'Alene the U.S. Coast Guard bolstered the efforts of Kootenai County Sheriff's Office to keep folks safe. The main emphasis being safety inspections, in which enforcement specialists would board boats and check to make sure all on board had life jackets, a working fire extinguisher and that the boat was safe to operate. "A lot of people had their required safety gear," said USCG Maritime Enforcement Specialist Second Class Paul Quaife, "but unfortunately we did have some people who chose to operate a vessel under the influence."
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An U.S. Coast Guard Air Station / SFO Port Angeles aircrew hoisted an injured hiker from Obstruction Island, Wash., last night. In order to maintain vital medical aid for the hiker, both hiker and rescue swimmer were hoisted simultaneously. Personal account from Lt. Jacob Marks, one of the two pilots from last nights response: "Last night a Coast Guard helicopter rescue team from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles launched just after 2300 after receiving a report of a woman who fell 100 feet from a cliff on the South side of Obstruction Island. Paramedics on-scene had administered CPR for approximately 20 minutes before gaining the slightest pulse. The helicopter arrived on scene and assessed the challenges of the confined cove, surrounded by 50 to 100 foot-tall trees and a steep sloping terrain. The pilots relied on night vision goggles to maintain separation between the helicopter and the terrain. The Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered from the helicopter, traversed the cliffs and met the ground party, still working feverishly on the victim. The rescue swimmer and the paramedics determined that the survivor needed to be evacuated to advanced medical care immediately. The paramedics were helping the patient breathe using a bag-valve mask. In order to maintain the rescue breathing, the crew determined that the patient needed to be hoisted 110 feet with the Rescue Swimmer. Remarkably the crew was able to execute this hoist in extremely challenging conditions while maintaining critical life support to the survivor. A paramedic was hoisted for continuity of care and the crew delivered the patient to waiting EMS at the Bellingham Airport." Press release available here: https://lnks.gd/2/7hR8-v
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Coast Guard boat crews from Seattle conducted operations on Lake Coeur d'Alene and assisted the Kootenai County Sheriff's office, helping to maintain a safe waterway during a busy week leading up and through Independence Day. The Coast Guard boat crews and law enforcement team members worked together promote safe boating on the lake and prevent and deter boaters from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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Courtesy of Lt. Steven Roth, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Orcas. Earlier today the crew of the Orcas towed the disabled fishing vessel Carami from over 120 miles off the Oregon coast to the safety of Coos Bay. Bravo zulu to the crew of the Orcas, as well as to all of our members working to ensure everyone stays safe as they celebrate Independence Day.
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We're reminding boaters and other waterway users in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, area to keep the navigational channel open during the Blues Festival scheduled this Wednesday through Sunday. The annual Blues Festival regularly brings a large amount of recreational vessel traffic in the vicinity of Waterfront Park between the Hawthorne Bridge and the Marquam (I-5) Bridge that in recent years has impeded commercial vessel traffic and delayed firework displays. The Navigational Rules and Regulations Rule 9 states in part - A vessel of less than 20 meters in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway; shall not cross a narrow passage or fairway if such crossing impedes the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within such channel; or a vessel shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid anchoring in a narrow channel. "Our goal is to ensure all waterway users remain safe while on the waterway,” said Lt. Cmdr. Laura Springer, chief waterway management, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “We ask for cooperation from all waterway users to keep the main shipping channels clear. We intend to enforce 'Rule 9' of the Navigation Rules and Regulations.” Commercial vessel traffic is anticipated all weekend so recreational users of the Willamette River are advised to remain outside the marked channel as close to the western shore as possible, unless transiting, especially during the Blues Festival. To ensure the safety of those that use the Portland waterways for commercial and recreational purposes, Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel will be conducting routine patrols during the weekend and enforcing a safety zone so the traditional fireworks show can be conducted safely and without delay. To ensure the safety of participants and spectators on the Willamette River the Coast Guard has enacted special local boating regulations, published in the Federal Register and advertised by local and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Release here: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/7h6Lmr" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/7h6Lmr</a>
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A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River rescues a man stranded 100 feet up a cliffside at Hug Point, Ore., July 2, 2018. The man became stranded because of an incoming high tide and then tried to climb to safety. U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Sector Columbia River.
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On Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, today, a Coast Guard boat crew towed a disabled vessel back to the pier after it suffered transmission failure. BZ, shipmates!
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A Coast Guard Station Bellingham boat crew and Air Station Port Angeles aircrews teamed up to save five people in two different cases. The Station Bellingham crew helped medically evacuate an injured 70-year-old woman involved in a sailing accident near Sucia Island and then an aircrew from Port Angeles hoisted the injured woman and transferred her to emergency medical services at the Bellingham Airport. Seven minutes after crews were dispatched for the medevac another aircrew from Port Angeles was diverted to rescue four hikers who where stranded on rocks adjacent to Third Beach by a high tide. Read more here: https://lnks.gd/2/7djzr9
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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Orcas issued a violation to commercial fishermen who caught salmon outside of the fishing season 20 miles off the coast of Newport, Oregon, Sunday. A boarding team issued a federal violation under 50 CFR 660.405 - fishing for, or taking and retaining, any species of salmon during closed seasons or in closed areas. The crew of the vessel declared they had 18 salmon and 25 tuna on board. Commercial fishing for salmon is closed in the area between Cape Falcon, Oregon, 12 miles north of Tillamook Bay, and Humbug Mountain, Oregon, 15 miles north of Rogue River, and does not re-open until July 5. U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Read more here: https://lnks.gd/2/7djn5-
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#USCG reminds mariners not to use emergency flares as fireworks for July 4th celebrations. Flares should only ever be used for emergency distress situations. On that note: Please be safe on the water this holiday. Remember to wear your lifejackets, especially children and weak swimmers. Watch for the rising tides that might trap you on exposed outcroppings. Beachgoers should look for signs marking strong riptides and undertows. Please, don&#39;t drink if you are operating a boat or personal water craft. Read more here: https://lnks.gd/2/7djdj-
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Boat crews from Seattle in Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound worked alongside Kootenai County Sheriff&#39;s Office deputies this weekend to educate mariners and assist with security on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho in preparation for the potentially busy waterway this 4th of July holiday.
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Coast Guards boat crews talk with some locals at the Silver Beach Marina on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, today. The Coast Guard is on Lake Coeur D&#39;Alene through the 4th of July holiday and teaming up with local authorities in an effort to keep people safe and sober on the water. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound
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Coast Guard and Kootenai County Sheriff Dept. deputies will be patrolling the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene this weekend and throughout the holiday week to ensure a safe and fun holiday #safeboating &#128675;‍♂️ &#128167; Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound
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Petty Officer 1st Class Nathanael Kruse, a Maritime Enforcement Specialist stationed in Seattle as a Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Boarding Team member, gives an interview with KXLY 4 News. The Coast Guard will be conducting operations on Lake Coeur d’Alene, located on the border between Idaho and Washington, to assist local maritime law enforcement and maintain a safe waterway during an expected busy week leading up to and through Independence Day.
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