Flotilla Operations

"Where The Action Is!"

C.G. Auxiliarists Under Way on a Safety Patrol

Operations is the heart of the Coast Guard Auxiliary mission. Flotilla 54 surface patrols cover the East, West, and Southern Branches of the Elizabeth River and it's tributaries and the Hampton Roads area from the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel (MMBT) to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) including Willoughby Bay.

Some missions require travel upstream of the MMBT and East of the HRBT.

Auxiliarists are where the action is, whether it's patrols along the Elizabeth River or covering the bridge tunnels and the Chesapeake Bay.

Flotilla 54 patrols always stand ready to offer assistance to the recreational boater.

Vessel Under Tow

Member Qualifications

Members must earn crew and coxswain ratings to qualify for operations. Patrol members are trained in various elements of boat handling and navigation, as well as search and rescue. Training is available in seven operational areas through advanced courses, including weather, communications, and meteorology.

C.G. Helocopter Conducting Operations Over Water

"Team Coast Guard"

Auxiliary members provide important operational support to the U.S. Coast Guard and are considered members of "Team Coast Guard." Patrols are often called upon for search and rescue assistance. In addition, special patrols may check navigational markers, update charts, or monitor the waters for hazards and environmental pollution. Flotilla 59 is most active in cooperation with Coast Guard Station Porstmouth and in its aerial support of the Hampton Roads Sector.




Boating Events

Auxiliarists take a front row seat as they secure spectator areas at regattas and other boating events. At the request of the Coast Guard, patrols assist in maintaining safe perimeters for on the water recreation.