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.

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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@jeffshultz Lt. Cmdr. Condit was promoted in July 2016 during his tour as commanding officer of Station Cape Disappointment.
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#USCG Station Cape Disappointment transferred the role of commanding officer to Lt. Jessica Shafer from Lt. Cmdr. T… https://t.co/xD9FUkpYZe
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U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment received a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held Monday in Ilwaco, Washington. During the traditional military ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Condit transferred command to Lt. Jessica Shafer as Capt. William Timmons, commander Sector Columbia River, presided. Shafer most recently served as executive officer at Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Shafer received her officer commissioning in 2013 after starting her Coast Guard in 2002 as an enlisted member. Her first assignment out of Training Center Cape May, New Jersey was at the National Motor Lifeboat School, which is co-located with Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco. During her enlisted career, Shafer earned her coxswain, heavy weather coxswain, tactical coxswain, and surfman qualifications as well as multiple boarding officer certifications. Condit will be reporting to the International Training Division at Training Center Yorktown, Va., as the branch chief of the Mobile Training Team.
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The Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured fisherman 13 miles west of the Grays Harbor, Washington, entrance, Monday morning. A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor met up with with the commercial fishing vessel Myrna Lynn to transfer the 50-year-old injured fisherman to shore, and get him treated by emergency medical services for a severe hand injury and shock. Read more here: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/7X_W_w" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/7X_W_w</a>
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#USCG Station Grays Harbor boat crew medically evacuated an injured fisherman, who suffered a severe hand injury, w… https://t.co/gvNx9JmmE9
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#USCG aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter led to distressed sailors by EPIRB registered to S/V Kelaerin. The… https://t.co/xpbYwLtIxF
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A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River followed an EPIRB signal to the scene of two distressed sailors aboard the S/V Kelaerin 180 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Wash. The two sailors were reportedly transiting from Hawaii to Bellingham, Washington when they ran into rough weather and seas. The aircrew safely hosited them to safety and transported them to Warrenton, Oregon where they transferred patient care to emergency medical services.
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The Coast Guard rescued a husband and wife off a sailing vessel 180 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington, Saturday morning. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, from Sector Columbia River, tracked the sailing vessel’s electronic position indicating radio beacon and safely hoisted the couple before transporting them to the sector’s base in Warrenton. The Coast Guard District 13 Command Center in Seattle received an EPIRB alert at 5:46 a.m. from the 46-foot sailing vessel Kelaerin. The sailors were reportedly transiting between Hawaii and Bellingham, Washington, when they ran into rough weather and seas. The helicopter aircrew and a crew aboard a C-27 Spartan aircraft from Air Station Sacramento were launched to assist. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 9:33 a.m. and lowered a rescue swimmer to assess the situation. The sailing vessel wasn’t actively taking on water but seawater had washed aboard. The aircrew conducted the hoist at the request of the vessel owners because of health concerns. Read more here: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/7Wz5qV" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/7Wz5qV</a>
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#USCG aircrew from Sector Columbia River rescued a husband and wife off a sailing vessel 180 miles off the coast of… https://t.co/hcSpZynLsf
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Congratulations to the two new boat crewmembers at Station Depoe Bay. Our boat crews are always training the next in line so there will always be a rescuer ready when an emergency situation arises.
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Clatsop County Sheriff's non-emergency phone number is actually 503-325-2061.
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@OSUDaily @dalesdeadbugtx @fox12oregon 23.6 combined asset hours with searches being conducted by crews aboard an M… https://t.co/EiODUilyxe
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We have suspended the search for the 53-year-old man from Scappoose, Oregon, who went missing Tuesday night while fishing from shore near the Columbia River South Jetty. Coast Guard crews from Station Cape Disappointment, Sector Columbia River and Air Facility Newport conducted a total of 20 searches for a combined 23.6 man hours. The searches covered a total of 907 track line miles. The Scappoose man reportedly went missing Tuesday night after texting his wife at 9:46 p.m. His wife reported him missing at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday after she woke up and he wasn’t home. Clatsop County Sheriff’s deputies located the mans truck at Fort Stevens State Park Parking Lot C. Clatsop County K-9 unit tracked him to the ocean side of the South Jetty before losing the scent.
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#USCG search for 53-year-old man from Scappoose, Ore., has been suspended after a combined 20 searches and 23.6 man… https://t.co/EaZohVOJOs
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The Coast Guard and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office search for 53-year-old male from Scappoose, Ore., continues with a focus on the ocean side of the Columbia River South Jetty. If anybody picked up fishing gear from the beach adjacent to the jetty today or late last night please call CCSO non-emergency line 503-325-2061 and report were you found it.
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#USCG and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office search for 53-year-old male from Scappoose, Ore., continues with a focus… https://t.co/yrc0EG3x8Q
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@KATUNews He was reportedly fishing from shore. We have a name but we are not releasing it at this time in consider… https://t.co/OC9aBzHJkS
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Correction to earlier post. The man was reported missing Wednesday morning.
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@KATUNews Yes reported missing Wednesday
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Coast Guard crews from Sector Columbia River and Coast Station Cape Disappointment alongside state and local partners are searching for a 53-year-old male in the vicinity of Clatsop Spit near the Columbia River entrance. He was last heard from via text to his wife at 9:46 p.m. Tuesday and was reported missing at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday. If anybody has any information about this case please contact the Coast Guard at 503-861-6211.
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#USCG crews from Station Cape Disappointment and Sector Columbia River and state, local agencies are searching for… https://t.co/wpadNavKkL
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Correction the paddlers are transiting from Tacoma to Port Townsend during the race.
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#USCG Sector Puget Sound is aware of a race consisting of 123 hand-powered watercraft en route to Tacoma. We are mo… https://t.co/nXJUEWsAx2
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Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound is aware of a race consisting of 123 hand-powered watercraft en route to Port Townsend. We are monitoring the race and encourage boaters to use caution as the racers progress to the finish. Anyone who sees someone in need of assistance should contact the Coast Guard on VHF-FM radio Channel 16 or Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001.
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Footage from the aircrew showing the #USCG small boat meeting up with the good Samaritan, taking the three people a… https://t.co/vh1mVwToD0
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Picture of the burning vessel taken by a #USCG aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station/Sector F… https://t.co/i070HgkP5j
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Station Port Angeles boat crew responding to 40' boat on fire north of Protection Island, Wash.. There were 3 peopl… https://t.co/cjbssPF9RH
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Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and multiple state and local agencies worked together to ensure a safe and secure area for tourists and citizens to enjoy the 2018 Rose Festival and Navy Fleet Week in downtown Portland along the Willamette River. Three Coast Guard cutters (Steadfast, Orcas and Bluebell) participated in the Parade of Ships and were open for public tours. MSST 91101 provided on-water security and also helped with land and port security with K-9 units. More than 30 Coast Guard Auxiliary members volunteered their time to enforce the safety zone surrounding the Portland waterfront and U.S. Navy and Canadian Navy ships. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River demonstrated a rescue hoist during the 5-day event.
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We suspended our search at 9:42 a.m. for Samuel Allen, a 17-year-old boy off Rockaway Beach, today. As we've come to the difficult decision to suspend this search, we extend our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy. We also want to thank all our partner agencies who assisted with search efforts for their dedication and service to the public. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received the initial notification at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, that two people were missing in the water off the beach. The call, which had been relayed by Tillamook 911, came from the step mother of the missing teen. She reported it appeared her stepson had been struggling to get back to shore on his body board, her husband had entered the water to assist the son and she lost sight of them. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay was conducting a bar report when the call came in and responded, but due to concerns with the shallow water, was only able to search from offshore. Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from sector also responded. One of the aircrews spotted someone in the water shortly after arriving on scene and directed the second aircrew with a rescue swimmer aboard to the location. The rescue swimmer was deployed, hoisted the unresponsive father from the water and provided CPR until he had been transferred to emergency medical service personnel on the beach. Robert Allen, 50, the missing teen's father from Fort Collins, Colorado, was later pronounced deceased. A little after 4 p.m., 911 dispatchers notified sector personnel that both body boards had been found on shore and that Rockaway Beach Fire and Rescue personnel were searching the beach on all-terrain vehicles. Initially it was reported that the missing teen was wearing a black wetsuit, but the wetsuit was later confirmed onshore and unused by Rockaway Beach Police Department personnel. Around 5:30 p.m. the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish was diverted to assist in the search and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend and forward deployed to Air Facility Newport, launched to assist as well. Throughout the day, multiple reports came in from good Samaritans of objects in the water, with only sea lions seen at the first location and a crab pot buoy located at the second location. The Swordfish crew arrived on scene after midnight and searched throughout the night. Coast Guard Dolphin and Jayhawk aircrews searched until after sunset, and a Jayhawk aircrew resumed the search around first light the following morning along with another station boat crew. The Swordfish, Station Tillamook Bay and Jayhawk crews continued their efforts until the search was suspended. Coast Guard members were assisted by Oregon State Police, Rockaway Beach Fire and Rescue, Rockaway Beach Police Department, Tillamook County Dispatch and Tillamook County Sheriff's Office personnel. Weather on scene was 1 to 2 foot high seas with swells up to 8 feet high, 11-MPH winds, good visibility, an air temperature of 55 F and a water temperature of 58 F.
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Full #USCG release on the Rockaway Beach search and suspension available here: https://t.co/H0EnNbtjjU
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UPDATE: Search suspended for the 17-year-old off Rockaway Beach. Full release to come.
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Station Chetco River boat crews rescued a fisherman from his vessel before it sank about two and a half miles west of the Chetco River entrance after unsuccessful dewatering attempts, today. Watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend and at the station were first notified around 10 a.m. when the fisherman requested assistance over VHF channel 16. He reported his 29-foot commercial fishing vessel, the Roni J, was flooding and the onboard dewatering pumps were unable to keep up with the rising water. Two station boat crews launched in response, one crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II and the other aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat. Once on scene, a station member boarded the fishing vessel along with a portable dewatering pump. They were able to start the pump, but at one point the water shifted, forcing them to relocate, and they were unable to find a new spot before the water had risen too high. The fisherman reported that the water may have been coming in through the vessel&#39;s shaft seal. No report of injuries. A light fuel sheen and some debris was reported in the water. The boat crews worked to remove as much of the debris as possible. The vessel sank in water with a depth of approximately 216 feet and with a max potential of 60 gallons of fuel aboard. U.S. Coast Guard photos courtesy of Station Chetco River.
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This morning a boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Bellingham responded to the report of a boat fire near Orcas Island, Washington. The crew helped monitor the situation as a San Juan County Sheriff boat crew worked to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately the 40-foot pleasure craft, which was anchored in Judd Cove with no one aboard, partially sunk and a sheen was reported. Members of the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division and the Washington Department of Ecology responded, Ecology members conducted an overflight. Boom was placed around the vessel, and contractors to have a diver inspect the vessel and formulate a salvage plan. U.S. Coast Guard photos courtesy of Sector Puget Sound.
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A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, from Sector Columbia River, hoists an ill fisherman off the fishing vessel Kathy Ann 9 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Wash., June 4, 2018. The 43-year-old fisherman was suffering from severe pain in the lower abdominal area and was transferred to local emergency medical services at Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., in stable condition. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector Columbia River.
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Three Coast Guard cutter crews and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew are scheduled to participate in the annual Portland Rose Festival and Navy Fleet Week, June 6 to 11. The Coast Guard Cutters Steadfast, Bluebell and Orcas are participating in the annual Parade of Ships and will be open for free public tours and the helicopter crew will demonstrate search and rescue techniques during the festival. The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Astoria, will be open for tours, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell, a 100-foot Inland Buoy Tender, homeported in Portland, is one of only two remaining 100-foot Buoy Tenders still in Coast Guard service. The cutters crew will provide tours Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Coast Guard Cutter Orcas, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Coos Bay, will be open for tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Jayhawk aircrew will be performing a demonstration along the Willamette River just south of the Burnside Bridge, Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rose Festival has been an annual event in Portland for the last 110 years.
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Happening now LIVE: Adm. Schultz is relieving Adm. Zukunft as the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
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The Coast Guard rescued a man wearing a life jacket near Dabob Bay in Dosewallips State Park, Thursday afternoon, after he and another canoeist capsized their canoe. A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team from Seattle rescued the 50-year-old man, who was conscious but suffering from symptoms related to hypothermia after an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles located the man floating in the water. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound received the person in the water report at 1:05 p.m. and immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of the helicopter crew. The ANT Seattle boat crew was in the area servicing important aids to navigation, but diverted from that mission to rescue the man. The rescue crew treated the man with basic first aid and transported him to local emergency medical services waiting at Pleasant Harbor for further care.
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Capt. Brendan McPherson, chief of staff, Coast Guard 13th District, spoke in a Memorial Day ceremony held at the Washington State Capitol, Monday. Along with Dennis Heck, representative, Washington&#39;s 10th congressional district, presented a flag to two WWII veterans, Leslie Vern Morton and Donald Hollinshead. Morton served 103 Infantry Division October 1944-May 1946, was in Marseille, France, marched to end of the Battle of the Bulge, continued across France into Austria, where he was part of the occupation in Vienna for six months. He got out, came back and graduated from Washington State University. Hollinshead served as part of European Theater of Operations, participated in the attack/breach of the Siegfried Line and the Battle of the Bulge. U.S. Coast Guard photos courtesy of Capt. Brendan McPherson.
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A boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Angeles and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie rescued three people aboard a flooding vessel off Port Angeles, Wash., last night. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie dewatered the vessel and towed it to Port Angeles Boat Haven. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a distress notification around 8 p.m. that the pleasure craft Nu Explorer was taking on water. Watchstanders issued an urgent mariner information broadcast and the boat crew from Station Port Angeles launched in response. The boat crew arrived on scene to find the vessel had lost engines due to the flooding. They boarded with a dewater pump, but the pump was unable to keep up with the flooding. Due to safety concerns, they transferred all Coast Guard and Nu Explorer crew members onto the 45-foot RB-M while the crew of the Adelie was diverted from another response off Bainbridge Island to assist. When the crew of the Adelie arrived, they passed over a second portable dewatering pump, took over dewatering the vessel and put the vessel in tow. The station crew safely transported the people from the Nu Explorer to the port, then returned to relieve the crew of the Adelie, resuming and completing the tow. Weather on scene was 4 to 6-foot high seas and 34-MPH winds.
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We&#39;ve suspended the search for the missing man from the plane crash off Bainbridge Island, Wash. Coast Guard command personnel have been in contact with the families of those involved in this unfortunate event. We extend our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy, as well as thank all of our partner agencies and the community members who assisted with search efforts for their dedication and service to the public. Full release: <a href="https://lnks.gd/2/7PJr_z" target="_blank">https://lnks.gd/2/7PJr_z</a> U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin Lay.
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