The WAHOO’s patrol areas begin off shore along Washington’s western coastline. It continues along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, up to the San Juan Islands, and down into the Puget Sound. It is within these zones that the WAHOO is busy patrolling the waters, responding to search and rescue missions, protecting our borders, and conducting boardings on commercial and recreational vessels. Also, the WAHOO is often seen conducting escorts of United States Navy vessels, and high value assets along the straits.
Her missions include Homeland Security, Search and Rescue, Marine Environmental Response, Recreational Boating Safety, Port Safety and Security, and Law Enforcement including: Alien Migrant Interdiction, Boater Intoxication, Pollution Prevention, marine Sanctuary Protection, Drug Interdiction, and Fisheries.