The Coast Guard's Work Near You (Districts and News)

The Coast Guard's units, vessels and aircraft are permanently deployed in the communities we serve. Our unique role as the only armed service in the Department of Homeland Security give us both civilian and military responsibilities. We protects America's economic prosperity, national security, and border - from the heartland to cyberspace.


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The 1st Coast Guard District is responsible for protecting the American maritime community across eight states in the Northeast, including more than 2,000 miles of shoreline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey and 1,300 miles offshore.

The 5th District is responsible for protecting 156,000 square miles of ocean, bays, rivers, wetlands and tidal marshes are unique and filled with historical significance, encompassing six states, vital geographic waterways, several major mid-Atlantic ports, the largest naval base in the world, and our Nation’s capital.

Our goal is to get the right people, in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills, and the right support ... now and in the future.

the 8th Coast Guard District is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, as well as the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee River systems.

The 9th Coast Guard District is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of the international border with Canada.

The 11th Coast Guard District encompasses the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, the coastal and offshore waters out over thousand miles and the offshore waters of Mexico and Central America down to South America. Coast Guard operational units are located throughout the state of California,

The Coast Guard 13th District comprises the Pacific Northwest and is the gateway to the North Pacific and Alaska. D13's Area of Responsibility encompasses four states and the entire Pacific Northwest coast. We also share a border with Canada to the north and California to the south.

The 14th District’s boundaries of responsibility stretch from the Hawaiian Islands and across most of the Central and Western Pacific.

The 17th District encompasses over 3,853,500 sq. miles and over 47,300 miles of shoreline throughout Alaska and the Arctic.

A Station South Padre Island boat crew pulls alongside a Lancha caught fishing illegally in gulf waters, Texas Dec. 11, 2015. Lanchas are Mexican fishing boats that poach thousands of pounds of wildlife from U.S. waters every year. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Corpus Christi)
The Coast Guard manages six major operational mission programs: maritime law enforcement, maritime response, maritime prevention, marine transportation system managment, maritime security operations, and defense operations.

Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., unload narcotics from a smuggling vessel intercepted by the crew in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Stratton)
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The Coast Guard has a presence on all seven continents and the world’s oceans, projecting national sovereignty with our icebreakers, national security cutters, high-endurance cutters, aviation assets, and deployable specialized forces.

Chief Warrant Officer Dustin Widman and Lt. j.g. Rebecca Grimes review ship logs and records with the captain and first mate aboard the bulk carrier Nikkei Verde at Nine Mile Anchorage on the lower Mississippi River, June 25, 2013. Widman and Grimes conducted a port state control inspection prior to the ship's entry into the Port of New Orleans. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough)
The library contains strategic documents and publications produced by the U.S. Coast Guard.