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Flotilla History

Posted by: Michael Rebeck

On August 26, 1943, the "New Brunswick Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3NR-308" was formed by a small group of local boating enthusiasts. The Flotilla was originally established in New Brunswick and thus the name "New Brunswick" Flotilla 3NR-308. The numbers signify that it was the 3rd Flotilla of the 3rd Northern Coast Guard District. Later to be renamed Flotilla 43 1st District Southern Region after the 3NR was stood down to become the 1SR in January 1973.

Photo of C. Hann (standing) teaches the recruits of Flotilla 308 New Brunswick, NJ in basic pennant interpretation (1941)

70 Years of Service

Posted by: Michael Rebeck


The Flotilla was first chartered in 1943 and will celebrate 70 years of service in August 2013, the Flotilla was originally established in New Brunswick and now known as "Franklin Park" due to it's geographic meeting location.

The Flotilla continues to dedicate itself to recreational boating safety by providing safe boating courses, vessel safety checks, safety and security patrols, pollution response patrols, marine environmental protection and assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in all missions except law enforcement. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary operates in any mission as directed by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard or Secretary of Homeland Security.

The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, and waterways. Its balances its missions of recreational boating safety and Coast Guard support with Maritime Homeland Security.

Throughout the years, Flotilla 43 and its individual members have been recognized for many achievements in promoting recreational boating safety. Many an auxiliarist has passed through its ranks during those 70 years.

Seventy years ago on June 23, 1942, the Coast Guard Auxiliary was only three years old. The membership totaled 11,500 and these members were organized into 44 flotillas primarily on the coasts.

Today, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. It has more than 30,000 members. The primary mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is Recreational Boater Safety and each year Auxiliarists volunteer more than 2 million hours benefiting boaters and their families.