The United States Navy has been operating regularly in Pacific Northwest waterways since 1841. The Navy, Marine Corps, and Revenue Marine (forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard), explored, charted, and protected the area during the mid-Nineteenth Century. Ships and cutters worked to keep the peace between natives and settlers, and helped negotiate boundary disputes over the San Juan Islands. When the U.S. purchased Alaska in 1867, the sea services began patrols to regulate fishing and sealing, assist mariners in distress, and establish forward presence in the Last Frontier.
Bases and a shipyard were operating in Puget Sound by the 1890s, and on May 7, 1903, the Thirteenth Naval District was established in Seattle. It was renamed Naval Base Seattle in 1980, and subsequently renamed Navy Region Northwest in 1999.
Commander, Navy Region Northwest provides consolidated base operations support for Navy activities in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. The Commander oversees the assigned shore organization and provides facilities and space management, exercise coordination, and support to homeported and transient ships, submarines, and aircraft as well as afloat and ashore tenants, military and family members.
Commander, Navy Region Northwest exists to support the Fleet, Fighter and Family. Our support is essential to provide naval forces that are ready and able to execute our nation’s defense requirements. We enable National Security by fostering the sustainable operations of the Navy in the Northwest Region through Navy shore installation excellence, community partnerships, and environmental and energy stewardship.
The U. S. Navy’s third largest fleet concentration area is located within the Puget Sound, an environmentally sensitive in-land sea with an international border with Canada. The Department of the Navy infuses over $5 billion annually in the Region, and Region installations and facilities occupy more than 28,000 acres of land.