Flotilla 17-6 What's New!

From the USCGAux Instagram

Boat Crew Navigation Training

There was a great turnout for this course led by Greg Vasquez and Flotilla Vice Commander Lou Pernice. Thanks to Greg, Lou, and to all the others, such as Gerry Downey (below right) who shared their expertise. Not only did members of our flotilla attend but we were delighted to have guests from our sister flotilla, 17-2.  The next half-day training session (boat crew weather/boat crew radio) will start at 9 am on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in the Karen Stallard Rood Community Center at Kiwanis Island Park in Merritt Island.

NOAA U.S. Chart #1 (Chart Symbols.)

Honor and Remember

In the video below, Commanding Officer Lt. John Beal shares his thoughts on officially signing for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne at an Oct. 25, 2018 ceremony in Key West. The new Fast Response Cutter is named after Senior Chief Terrell Horne, the son of one of our flotilla members, who placed himself in harm's way to protect a shipmate from being struck by a suspected drug-smuggling vessel.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally

Follow our new Twitter account!

A recent tweet from SpaceCoast AUX Flotilla 17-6:

"We are the Coast Guard Auxiliary"

New release from the public affairs directorate.

 "Shrimp and Grits"

August 11 operation on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Below, 17-6 patrol vessel "Anchor Management" passes a 29' Coast Guard response boat with Petty Officer 1st Class John Pettigrew, our liaison officer from CG Station Port Canaveral, at the helm. Both boats were part of "Shrimp and Grits," a multi-jurisdiction boating safety operation that covered 430 miles of the ICW and involved Auxiliarists from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

An Auxiliary mobile radio facility also was active during Operation Shrimp and Grits. Left to right below are telecommunications operators Jamey McKinley, Jim Parker, Rick Nitz, and TCO trainee Jonathan Urdaneta.

Coast Guard Day - August 4. 2018

Our members helped Station Port Canaveral mark the USCG's 228th year!

Flotilla 17-6 Rescue Saves Three Boaters!

17-6 member Kevin Johnson (below) was the sharp lookout who first spotted distress signals from the disabled boat. Bravo Zulu, Kevin!

More from the @uscgaux Instagram!

"Your vessel may be inspected at any time!"

2018 Swab Summer Send Off

2018 U.S. Coast Guard Academy appointees from the state of Florida attended the annual “Swab Summer Sendoff” at Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral. Auxiliary members from 17-6 lent a hand with the festivities.

Swab Summer is a demanding initiation program for new cadets. A total of twenty students from Florida were chosen to attend the prestigious service academy in New London, Connecticut. Left to right below: Taylor Leonard (Jupiter, FL,) Hannah Jamison (Tequesta, FL,) Ashley Fuller (Sebastian, FL,) and Meaghyn DeValk (Plantation, FL.)

2018 National Safe Boating Week Proclamation

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.

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

What's New is maintained by Jill Bazeley, Flotilla Staff Officer for Communication Services. Questions or comments may be sent to