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13th Coast Guard District Seattle

Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98174

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13th Coast Guard District  is the gateway to the North Pacific and Alaska. District 13’s area of responsibility encompasses four states and the entire Pacific Northwest coast. The headquarters for District 13 is located in Seattle with three Sector offices to manage operations in their respective areas – Puget Sound, Columbia River and North Bend.


The service members of District 13 conduct a vast array of daily operations in support of the Coast Guard’s statutory missions. The crews can be found conducting search and rescue, patrolling 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.


District 13 is home to the largest domestic ferry system in the United States, 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.


District 13 is made up of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and operational assets include 21 Cutters, 132 Boats and 11 Aircraft. District 13 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 Coast Guard Base Seattle.


District 13 is also home to one of only two Maritime Force Protection Units (MFPUs); MFPU Bangor located in Naval Station Kitsap, Washington and MFPU Kings Bay located in Naval Station Kings Bay, Georgia.  They are responsible for escorting America’s Trident ballistic-missile submarines to and from their home port. It is also the home of the National Motor Lifeboat School near Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington. The Advanced Helicopter Rescue School across the Columbia River teaches extreme rescue scenarios at the Tongue Point and Air Station (AirSta) in Astoria, Oregon

Arriving at 13th Coast Guard District
The closest airport is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport located 13.8 miles from Headquarters.

Base Population
There are approximately 3,664 active duty, reserve, civilian personnel, and auxiliary personnel assigned to the 13th Coast Guard District.