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Flotilla 59- Operations

Operations and Recreational Boating Safety

As Smithfield’s volunteer maritime lifesavers, qualified auxiliarists regularly perform a variety of maritime missions on our local waterways, ranging from the James River and the Hampton Roads to Nansemond and Pagan Rivers, and even our local backwaters such as Bennett’s creek. Some of our missions include:

 Coast Guard Auxiliary operations decals
• Maritime Observation and Safety
• Regatta Safety
• Search-and-Rescue
• Aids to Navigation Surveys
• Coast Guard Operations Support
• Environmental Response
• On-The-Water Training
• Qualification and Testing
 
photo Auxiliarist on patrol

During FY2016 alone, Flotilla 59 logged over 1,000 hours on the waters of our local waterways, and in recent years, an additional 58 hours for search-and-rescue missions!  In 2014, 2015 and 2016, two different crews from Flotilla 05-09 won the 5th Coast Guard District Search-and-Rescue event, competing against teams from the Mid-Atlantic stretching from Baltimore, MD to Wilmington, NC.

 
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 Seen us around?  Say Hello!

You may have seen us out and about on our various Coast Guard Certified Operational Facilities. Feel free to flag us down to ask questions, or just say hello!

 Patriot Auxiliary boat

Patriot

Make: Sea Ray
LOA: 39’
Draft: 4’
Top speed: 25kts

 Image Witchdoctor Auxiliary boat

Witchdoctor

Make: Trophy
LOA: 25’
Draft: 3’
Top speed: 33kts


Operational Excellence Award-2013, 2014
 photo Last One Auxiliary boat

Last One

Make: World Cat
LOA: 25’
Draft: 2’
Top speed: 39kts



Operational Excellence Award-2013
 photo of Bewitched Auxiliary boat

Bewitched

Make: Grady White
LOA: 21’
Draft: 2’
Top speed: 35kts


Operational Excellence Award-2013, 2014
 photo of Picpocket Auxiliary boat

Pic-Pocket

Make: Key West
LOA: 20’
Draft: 2'5”
Top speed: 25kts

 photo of 7MRB9305 Auxiliary boat
 7MRB9305
(Formerly of the USS JARRETT)
Make: Willard Marine
LOA: 24’
Draft: 12”
Top speed: 45kts

 photo of Coastie robot for children

Coastie

Make: Robotronics
LOA: 4’
Draft: Zero
Top speed: 6kts