Flotilla 17-6 What's New!

Multi-state Boating Safety Operation "Shrimp and Grits"

33 AUX vessels/teams and 4 AUX aircraft took part in August 11 event on the ICW.

Below, Auxiliary patrol vessel "Anchor Management" passes a 29' Coast Guard response boat with Petty Officer 1st Class John Pettigrew, our Auxiliary liaison officer from CG Station Port Canaveral, at the helm. The multi-jurisdiction operation covered 430 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway and involved Auxiliarists from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

A mobile Auxiliary operational radio facility from Flotilla 17-6 was also active, manned by certified telecommunications operators from our sister Flotilla 17-11 in Orlando/Winter Park along with one TCO trainee from 17-6. Left to right below: Jamey McKinley, Jim Parker, Rick Nitz, and Jonathan Urdaneta (trainee.)

August 4th was Coast Guard Day at Station Port Canaveral

Flotilla 17-6 members pitched in as the USCG celebrated its 228th year!

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nigel Ellis and 17-6 Auxiliarist Bill Strawn (below) were at the gate to welcome visitors to the annual picnic at the station. In the background is U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Confidence, which was open for tours.

Two days of food prep went into making the picnic a success. Below, Dennis Lasowski, Bob Dicicco, and Mike Flannery put the finishing touches on the kernel corn.

17-6 member (and USO volunteer) Ward Dougherty took pride in his role as cotton candy expert. Coast Guard orange and blue Gatorade was also served.

Below, the 210 ft. Confidence stood ready to welcome her visitors. USCGC Vigilant was moored behind.

Lagoon Rescue Saves Three Boaters!

Vessel with dead engine was adrift in the Intracoastal Waterway.

17-6 Auxiliarist Kevin Johnson (shown below) was on lookout aboard the Auxiliary vessel "Anchor Management" when he spotted a distress signal from a disabled boat about 3/4 of a mile outside the channel. On board were a grandfather, grandmother, and their 5-year-old granddaughter, all suffering from heat-related symptoms in the better than 90 degree weather. The Auxiliary crew towed the broken-down Cobia outboard to a safe harbor and all three passengers ended up being OK!

From the USCGAUX Instagram!

"Under maritime law, your vessel may be inspected at any time."


"Swab Summer Send Off"

2018 Event at U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral

Auxiliary members from Flotilla 17-6 lend a hand at the annual send off picnic for new Coast Guard Academy appointees, or "swabs." A total of twenty students from Florida soon will be heading to the prestigious service academy in Connecticut with four of them present at the June 2nd event at the station. Left to right in photo below: Taylor Leonard (Jupiter, FL,) Hannah Jamison (Tequesta, FL,) Ashley Fuller (Sebastian, FL,) and Meaghyn DeValk (Plantation, FL.)

NSBW Proclamation Photo on the Brevard Co Government Facebook Page

From the Flotilla 17-6 Facebook Page

As Seen on the USCGAUX Instagram!

Long and Side Tow Training with USCG

March 3, 2018 Operation at Port Canaveral.

Auxiliary vessel "Eco Tours" assisted U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral with side-tow and long-tow training exercises. Here, a Coast Guardsman attaches a line to a 29' Coast Guard response boat for the side-tow. The day also provided a nice view of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter "Mako" returning to the station (below.) Photos by Greg Hendricks.


Our Photos on the Station Port Canaveral Facebook Page!


Melbourne Beach Recreational Boating & Water Safety Day

Multi-agency Event at the Melbourne Beach Town Complex - March 10, 2018.

Mark Cannon and Jack Miller pose in front of "Tropic Lightning" which was on static display at the recreational boating and water safety day event. Cannon, a pilot with the Auxiliary Aviation Program, is a member of Vero Beach Flotilla 5-6. Photo by Jimmy Emken.


Below, Flotilla 17-6 member Greg Hendricks poses with a young visitor aboard a USCG Response Boat Small (RB-S) from Station Port Canaveral. The event was the first in our Safe Homeport initiative and was attended by District 7 Commodore Judith Hudson who presented a Safe Homeport certificate to Melbourne Beach Mayor Jim Simmons.


The Last Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War

235th Anniversary Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Center - March 10, 2018.

The last naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought off the coast of Cape Canaveral on March 10, 1783. Joining Auxiliarists Cooper Aston (17-11) and Darlene Bush (17-6) for color guard duties were USCG Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (BM3) Joel Bonilla and Seaman (SN) Suzette Garcia. Many thanks for their assistance!

 Members from 17-6 Find a Great Launch Viewing Spot

Training Patrol Becomes a Search and Rescue Mission

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