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Coast Guard Machinery Technician Third Class Joanalicia Ramirez grapples with her jiu jitsu instructor, Nov. 29, 2021, in Norfolk, Virginia. Ramirez grew up wrestling in high school and turned to Brazilian jiu jitsu when she joined the Coast Guard in 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Emily Velez)
Coast Guard Machinery Technician Third Class Joanalicia Ramirez looks up the codes for the next parts to gather as she works with her unit to build an engine on a cutter moored at Base Portsmouth, Nov. 16, 2021, in Portsmouth, Virginia. The unit, called the Maintenance Augmentation Team, or MAT, provides mechanical and maintenance support for the cutters in the area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Emily Velez)
Coast Guard crewmembers and Vietnam veterans from the Coast Guard Cutter Owasco (WHEC-39), a 255-foot high endurance cutter, pose for a photo at Coast Guard Air Station Washington, Nov. 5, 2021. The veterans were given an air station tour and were presented with official lapel pins commemorating their service and for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tara Molle-Carr/Released)
Coast Guard Machinery Technician Third Class Miguel Caceres works with his unit to build an engine on a cutter moored at Base Portsmouth, Nov. 16, 2021, in Portsmouth, Virginia. The unit, called the Maintenance Augmentation Team, or MAT, provides mechanical and maintenance support for the cutters in the area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Emily Velez)
Lt. Cmdr. Shaka Hill, a Coast Guard diver, presents Ralph Berry, the first Coast Guard African American diver, with his diver certificate during a ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Nov. 23, 2021. Berry’s family have served a combined 400 years with the Coast Guard and includes the historic contributions of Richard Etheridge, the first African American Life-Saving Station Keeper. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Michael R. Moberley)
Lt. Cmdr. Shaka Hill, a Coast Guard diver, presents Ralph Berry, the first Coast Guard African American diver, with his diver certificate during a ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Nov. 23, 2021. Berry’s family have served a combined 400 years with the Coast Guard and includes the historic contributions of Richard Etheridge, the first African American Life-Saving Station Keeper. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Michael R. Moberley)
The Fifth District Mission

The Fifth Coast Guard District ensures the safety and security of the oceans, coastal areas, and marine transportation system within America’s Mid-Atlantic Region. We focus on risk reduction and prevention, but are prepared to respond with courage and speed to any maritime incident. D5’s 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.

Mailing Address

Commander Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
Portsmouth Federal Building Staff Status:
757-398-6441 or 800-334-8377