The 13th Coast Guard District and accompanying staff have been located in Seattle since the district's inception in 1913.
The district staff provides oversight, guidance and support for the operational units within Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. These units cover more than 460,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean. The district's 1,287 active duty and 459 reserve men and women is augmented by 1,600 volunteer members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The district staff has been called on most recently to support operational units with the New Carissa oil spill on the Oregon coast, and Operation Olympic Peace implemented during whale hunts by the Makah Indian Tribe in Neah Bay. This team of men and women provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week search and rescue service, saving approximately 260 lives each year, while assisting 7,000 others. The district also ensures the area's more than 2,600 aids to navigation are maintained properly, enforces federal maritime laws and regulations, inspects merchant vessels and license their crews, and takes all appropriate steps to safeguard the region's marine environment.
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