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Coast Guard Station Bellingham

28 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225-2947

Coast Guard Station Bellingham

Coast Guard Station Bellingham is located in the city of Bellingham, WA, in Whatcom County.  Station Bellingham is part of District 13 based at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Seattle, Washington.  The station is approximately 52 miles southwest of Vancouver, 90 miles north of Seattle, and 21 miles south of the Canada-US border. Station Bellingham is the northern-most station in
the district. Its area of responsibility includes the San Juan Islands north to the Canadian Border.


The present day station was commissioned July 9, 1999 and can accommodate up to 48 people. The station also provides offices for a Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) detachment and a Recruiter’s office. In January 2004, Station Bellingham welcomed the USCGC SEA LION, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat. USCGC SEA LION was placed into service on March 13, 2004 with a crew of 10. With its proximity to Canada, Station Bellingham also conducts Homeland Security patrols in cooperation with federal, state, local, and Canadian law enforcement agencies to provide a presence and deter threats. Personnel and resources from Station Bellingham also support numerous other Coast Guard missions including aids to navigation, marine environmental protection, fisheries conservation enforcement, and port safety and security.

Arriving at Coast Guard Station Bellingham
The nearest major airport is Bellingham International Airport (BLI / KBLI). This airport has domestic flights and is approximately 5 miles from the Station.

Base Population
There are approximately 130 active duty, reservists, and auxiliary personnel attached to Coast Guard Station Bellingham.