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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 and more in recent years. 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


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

Image Witchdoctor Auxiliary boat


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

Operational Excellence Award-2013, 2014

photo of Bewitched Auxiliary boat


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

Operational Excellence Award-2013, 2014

 photo of Coastie robot for children


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