Coast Guard District 13

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Department of Homeland Security
United States Coast Guard
An aerial view of ISC Seattle
Country United States of America
Branch Coast Guard
Size 1,700+
Garrison/HQ Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
Motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
USCGC Midgett (homeport Seattle) a high endurance cutter moors in Sasebo, Japan during extended operations

District 13 is a United States Coast Guard district located at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, in Seattle, Washington. The area is unique in that it deals with varying climatic changes due to the Alaskan winds that blow south and the Columbia River.

Command and duties[edit]

Today the 13th is commanded by Rear Admiral Richard T. Gromlich. With 1700 active duty, reserve, and civilian members, the 13th is primarily responsible for maritime safety and security, recreational boating safety, port state control, environmental protection, and port, waterway, and coastal security for the states of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington with an area of over 400,000 square miles of ocean, along with the surrounding rivers and lakes.[1]

District 13 Units

  • USCG Aids to Navigation Team Astoria, Astoria, OR
  • USCG Aids to Navigation Team Coos Bay, Charleston, OR
  • USCG Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick, Kennewick, WA
  • USCG Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, Seattle, WA
  • USCG Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, Port Angeles, WA
  • USCG District 13 Seattle, WA
  • Electronic Systems Support Unit, Seattle, WA
  • USCG Shore Maintenance Command - Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • Harbor Defense Command Unit 113, Seattle, WA
  • U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services Northwest Region, Seattle, WA
  • CG Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, Silverdale, WA
  • Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91101, Seattle, WA
  • USCG National Motor Lifeboat School, Ilwaco, WA
  • USCG Naval Engineering Support Unit, Seattle, WA
  • USCG Marine Safety Unit Portland, Portland, OR
  • U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting Office, Seattle, WA
  • U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting Office, Spokane, WA
  • U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting Office, Vancouver, WA
  • USCG Sector Columbia River/Air Station Astoria, Warrenton, OR
  • USCG Sector North Bend, North Bend, OR
  • USCG Sector Puget Sound, Seattle, WA
  • USCG Station Bellingham, Bellingham, WA
  • USCG Station Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, WA
  • USCG Station Chetco River, Brookings, OR
  • USCG SAR Detachment Rogue River, Gold Beach, OR
  • USCG Station Coos Bay, Charleston, OR
  • USCG SAR Detachment Coquille River, Bandon, OR
  • USCG Station Depoe Bay, Depoe Bay, OR
  • USCG Station Grays Harbor, Westport, WA
  • USCG Station Neah Bay, Neah Bay, WA
  • USCG Station Port Angeles, Port Angeles, WA
  • USCG Station Portland, Portland, OR
  • USCG Station Quillayute River, La Push, WA
  • USCG Station Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • USCG Station Siuslaw River, Florence, OR
  • USCG Station Tillamook Bay, Garibaldi, OR
  • USCG Station Umpqua River, Winchester Bay, OR
  • USCG Station Yaquina Bay, Newport, OR
  • USCGC Active (WMEC 618), Port Angeles, WA
  • USCGC Adelie (WPB-87333), Port Angeles, WA
  • USCGC Alert (WMEC 630), Warrenton, OR
  • USCGC Blue Shark (WPB-87360), Everett, WA
  • USCGC Bluebell (WLI 313), Portland, OR
  • USCGC Cuttyhunk (WPB 1322), Port Angeles, WA
  • USCGC Fir (WLM 212), Astoria, OR
  • USCGC Healy (WAGB 20), Seattle, WA
  • USCGC Henry Blake (WLM 563), Everett, WA
  • USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717), Seattle, WA
  • USCGC Midgett (WHEC 726), Seattle, WA
  • USCGC Orcas (WPB 1327), Coos Bay, OR
  • USCGC Osprey, Port Townsend, WA
  • USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB 11), Seattle, WA
  • USCGC Polar Star (WAGB 10), Seattle, WA
  • USCGC SEA LION, Bellingham, WA
  • USCGC Steadfast (WMEC 623), Warrenton, OR
  • USCGC SWORDFISH (WPB-87358), Port Angeles, WA
  • USCGC Terrapin (WPB-87366), Bellingham, WA
  • USCGC Wahoo, Port Angeles, WA
  • Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound, Seattle, WA


Not only does the 13th deal with the nation's largest recreational traffic but it is also home to one of only two Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU), which are responsible for escorting America's Trident ballistic-missile submarines to and from their home port. Here 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.[citation needed]


  • 19 Stations
  • 20 Cutters
  • 3 Air Stations
  • 4 Aids to Navigation Teams
  • 1 Harbor Defense Unit
  • 3 Recruiting Stations
  • 1 Electronic Systems Support Unit
  • The National Motor Lifeboat School


  1. ^ "Welcome To D13" (PDF). Retrieved 11 Aug 2013.