Welcome to the Flotilla 4-3, District 1SR Web Site
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer organization. Our mission is to promote and support Boating Safety. Our members come from many backgrounds and have been "trained as a team" to provide boating safety support to the public.
Flotilla 4-3 is active unit in the 1SR District. Our Area of Operations, AOR, starts at the northern part of the Arthur Kill and extends to all of Raritan Bay. We conduct regular boat safety patrols in this area looking for boaters in need of assistance, conducting a Waterway Watch, and Operation Clear Channel for U.S. Coast Guard Sector NY.
Our Flotilla was chartered on August 26, 1943. We currently have 14 members, 3 operational vessels. In addition, many of our members serve the Division and District level as staff officers and elected officers.
To promote safe boating to everyone interested in recreational boating.
We continue to achieve this mission by offering Boating Skills and Seamanship educational classes, Vessel Safety Checks, Waterway Patrols, and Maritime Assistance. These services are offered by fellow boaters who volunteer their time to share their knowledge and experiences with others. Join us, we need your knowledge!
We work alongside the active duty Coast Guard in many activities. We also assist with watch standing and administrative duties at Sector New York, Station New York, and Station Sandy Hook.
ABOUT THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.
The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention (see the message "From the Commandant"), and each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a senior officer and staff to provide tight liaison and coordination between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in that district.
And in many inland portions of the country, where the majority of U.S. recreational boating occurs on lakes and rivers, the Auxiliary is the sole Coast Guard presence!
But the Auxiliary is more than recreational boating safety; we regularly serve alongside our active-duty shipmates serving as communications watchstanders, uninspected passenger vessel inspectors, training resources for air and sea operations, numerous duties related to environmental protection and homeland security, and even as chefs! In fact, there are nearly two dozen "qualifications" open to Auxiliarists willing to put in the time and training. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard!
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older. We are organized into 16 districts nationwide, comprised of 171 divisions with approximately 980 flotillas. No matter where you live, there is a flotilla near you. Find the unit nearest your Zip Code by clicking on "Units" at the top of this page. And for dozens of reasons why you should join, visit "Recruiting". You will not be sorry!
PLEASE LEARN MORE ABOUT US BY EXPLORING OUR SITE. IT'S FOR EVERYONE!