|Coast Guard Pacific Area & Defense Forces West|
|Headquarters||Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California|
|Area Commander||Vice Admiral Linda L. Fagan, USCG|
|Deputy Commander||Rear Admiral Nathan A. Moore, USCG|
|Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard|
Coast Guard Pacific Area & Defense Forces West (PACAREA) 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.
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.
In addition to assets at each of its subordinate units, the Pacific Area command's operational assets include:
- 3 National Security Cutters
- 8 High Endurance Cutters
- 4 Medium Endurance Cutters
- 3 Polar Ice Breakers
- 29 Patrol Boats
- 12 Buoy Tenders
- 11 Sectors
- 10 Air Stations
- 13 HC-130 Fixed-Wing Aircraft
- 26 HH-65 Dolphin Helicopters
- 13 HH-60 Jayhawk Helicopters
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.
- Informally known simply as "PACAREA" or "Pacific Area")