Coast Guard Pacific Area

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Coast Guard Pacific Area & Defense Forces West
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CountryUnited States
TypeArea Command
HeadquartersCoast Guard Island, Alameda, California
Area CommanderVice Admiral Andrew J. Tiongson
Deputy CommanderRear Admiral Peter W. Gautier
Admiral Paul F. Zukunft,
25th USCG Commandant
Admiral Linda L. Fagan,
27th & 1st female Commandant

Coast Guard Pacific Area & Defense Forces West (PACAREA)[1] is an Area Command of the United States Coast Guard, a regional command element and force provider tasked with maritime safety, security, and stewardship throughout the Pacific. The command's area of responsibility encompasses six of the seven continents, 71 countries, and more than 74 million square miles of ocean—from the U.S. Western States to the waters off the east coast of Africa, and from the Arctic to Antarctica. Pacific Area has primary responsibilities for all Coast Guard operations throughout this area of responsibility.

Organizational structure[edit]

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area is concurrently Commander of Defense Forces West, and is located at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California.

Pacific Area is divided into four operational regions called districts, each overseen by a two-star Rear Admiral. The 11th Coast Guard District is co-located with Pacific Area and oversees all Coast Guard operations from the California/Oregon border, south to Guatemala and out 200 miles to sea. The 13th Coast Guard District is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and maintains responsibility for Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 17th Coast Guard District is based in Juneau, with responsibility for all Coast Guard operations in Alaska. The 14th Coast Guard District has responsibility for Coast Guard operations throughout a 12.2 million square mile region that encompasses the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Coast Guard activities in Saipan, Singapore, and Japan.

The Pacific Area and its subordinate units employ 13,000 active duty and reserve members, Coast Guard Auxiliarists, and civilian employees.

Operational assets[edit]

In addition to assets at each of its subordinate units, the Pacific Area command's operational assets include:

Pacific Area also oversees the Deployable Specialized Forces (DSFs), which include the National Strike Force, Tactical Law Enforcement Teams, Port Security Units, and Maritime Safety and Security Teams.

List of commanders[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Informally known simply as "PACAREA" or "Pacific Area")
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  7. ^ "Coast Guard Pacific Area to hold change-of-command ceremony Monday | Coast Guard News".
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  9. ^ "Coast Guard Pacific Area Holds Change of Command Ceremony". 17 June 2021.
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