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Welcome to Flotilla 16-01 Elizabeth City

If you are into boating -- safe boating -- and want to learn and do more with this pastime -- you've come to the right place.  This is Flotilla 16-01, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  In this section we'll tell you what we are, what we do and how you can join our team. 

Who Are We?  First, we are civilians and volunteers, authorized by law to augment and support the United States Coast Guard.  We have no policing authority and, yes we wear uniforms when on duty.  The US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) is nationwide and is divided into Districts, Regions, Divisions and Flotillas.  We are in the  5th District, Southern Region, Division 16, Flotilla 16-01.  We currently have 26 members and, aside from boating activities we meet once a month at the Elizabeth City Regional Airport.  Division 16 is responsible for the Albemarle Sound and Outer Banks areas.  Our Flotilla is responsible for the Pasquotank River, Little River, Perquimans River and that portion of the Albemarle Sound adjoining them.

What Do We Do?  We promote boating safety, train our members and augment the active duty Coast Guard.  Elizabeth City is in the heart of East Coast Coast Guard activity as Base Elizabeth City is the largest on the East Cost.  Most local and long distance rescue operations launch from their base here.  Since we are mandated by law to augment the Coast Guard we have to be aware of and follow the same rules they do.  As such are members are trained in the same common core subjects such as diversity, organization, customs, and safety.  When we go on patrols to assist the "Coasties" our boat crews must be trained and thus we have an extensive (and very good) training program.  If you want to learn boating from the "pros" this is where you need to be.  Boating safety is our main goal so we are involved in many activities in this area:  We teach safe boating courses, give school presentations, perform boat safety inspections, and patrol boating events.

How Can I Join?  To be eligible for membership you must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 17 years old and receive a favorable Personal Security Investigation.  Active duty military and veterans with an honorable discharge from service are also eligible.  You will need to complete a membership application and pass a new member examination (piece of cake).

If you would like more information or talk to one of our members about joining please Email us at: 





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 26,000 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!