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Flotilla 45 - High Caliber Communications


We share a common mission with other flotillas; to promote recreational boating safety and education, maritime security, and operations for the recreational boating community and the United States Coast Guard.

There is, however, a stark difference in the focus of Flotilla 081-04-05 High Caliber Communications. We provide regular and emergency communications back-up to the United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans and the Coast Guard Auxiliary District 8 Coastal Region. With qualified radio operators and enthusiastic volunteers, we ensure that contacts are maintained between Flotillas, Coast Guard stations, and Sector New Orleans by means of using radio communication skills and equipment (radios, antennas, vehicles, etc.) provided by the Flotilla members. Our Flotilla is “Semper Paratus” to ensure that we are ready to help when all other communications fail.


Flotilla 081-04-05 is composed of a wide array of volunteers that create a multi-mission capable team that can respond to virtually any situation. Our members are certified in land, air, and sea qualifications as well as crew augmentation and leadership. We provide all of this and more to the United States Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

With our combined efforts, the Flotilla reaches out to the boating community to provide supportive and education services such as; emergency communication nets, program visitation, courtesy vessel examinations, demonstration booths, and public relation activities.

Even though we have a very diverse and experienced pool of members, we are currently seeking individuals with leadership skills, a passion for recreational boating, and time to devote to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and its’ missions. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a members of our Flotilla.

Attention Boaters!  

Does your boat meet all of the US Coast Guard and Louisiana safety requirements? Find out!

The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimum requirements and can help avoid a citation while on the water. The Flotilla 45 Vessel Examiners will make appointments with you to inspect your boat at your storage location or trailered prior to launch.

    Requirements for the Exam:

    • Have your boat equipped with all of its safety equipment
    • Be present for the exam. 
    • Have your boat registration available 

     To arrange for an appointment email Rafael Shabetai, Flotilla Staff Officer - Vessel Examiner (FSO-VE) at and provide your contact information (phone and email), and type of boat, and potential location of inspection.

    Weekly Radio Network Check-Ins

    Flotilla 081-04-05 maintains a weekly Auxiliary Net on the USCG Auxiliary Radio Frequency Repeater (ANO Repeater) and also coordinates the USCG Auxiliary/ARES Network on 147.24 MHz Tuesdays.

    1930 hours net is open to all AUXCOM Qualified members (including TCO) with or without an official radio facility. Those without an official facility should have a Flotilla designated call sign. Use only CG Auxiliary radio call signs.

    2100 hours net is open to Licensed Amateur Radio operators only. Use your amateur radio call sign only.