U.S. Coast Guard Base Honolulu delivers integrated mission support during routine and contingency operations throughout the 14th District area of responsibility.
The 14th District’s boundaries of responsibility stretch from the Hawaiian Islands and across most of the Central and Western Pacific. The district commander oversees 25 operational units ashore and afloat throughout the Pacific, which regularly perform missions in maritime safety, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security and national defense.
More than 1,150 active-duty, 150 Reserve, 80 civilian and 400 auxiliary men and women make up the 14th District, which boasts the Coast Guard’s largest area of responsibility. The district covers more than 12.2 million square miles of land and sea, with units on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island and in American Samoa, Saipan, Guam, Singapore and Japan.
Every week, 14th District personnel save two lives, respond to 20 vessels in distress, save $60,000 in property, respond to five oil spills and defend vital national interests. The Coast Guard ensures the safety and full economic availability of Pacific ports and regulates access to vessels and waterfront facilities, enforces laws governing the security of ports and anchorages and supervises the handling of dangerous cargo.
The 14th District enforces federal laws on the high seas and navigable waters of the U.S. and its possessions, including illegal alien and drug interdiction and the protection of living marine resources. It maintains aids to navigation such as buoys and harbor entrance day boards.
The district manages a maritime environmental protection program aimed at preventing, detecting and controlling pollution in Hawaii’s pristine waters and throughout the Pacific and also administers a boating safety program (in concert with the Coast Guard Auxiliary).