Duties of the Coast Guard go beyond party patrols


Last updated 7/18/2019 at Noon

The heroic efforts of the US Coast Guard assure that recreational boaters know somebody will be on the radio if they need help. Boater and shipping consume most of the time for active duty personnel assigned to the Coast Guard stations in Washington.

The orange-striped ships with sailors from the US Coast Guard that patrol the waters of Washington, Oregon and Idaho are responsible for more than checking registrations and policing loud parties.

District 13 of the Coast Guard has authority over commercial fishing regulations, enforcing environmental regulations and protecting inland waters. But their primary mission is to protect the Pacific coastline from attack from hostile forces from the border of California to the straights of Juan de Fuca in northwest Washington.

“District 13 based in Seattle covers a vast range of commercial an...

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