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A Brief History of Flotilla 23-1

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAux) Flotilla 23-1 is based in historic Annapolis, MD (founded in 1649), the state capital & home of U.S. Naval Academy. The existence of Flotilla 23-1 dates back to at least 1939 when CGAux was known as Coast Guard Reserve.  

During World War II, the Flotilla's thirteen members conducted patrols & supported USCG special missions such as extinguishing jetty & wharf aids to navigation lights during air raids & blackouts. Although the Flotilla had thirteen boats willing to serve, due to gasoline rationing typically only two vessels were deployed at a time.

Today, the Flotilla has over 40 members who volunteer their time, talents, vessels & radio facilities to aid USCG, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & MD Department of Natural Resources (MDDNR) help keep our waterways safe & secure, control pollution, preserve the environment, protect maritime assets & serve the boating public.

Members conduct over 50 safety, regatta & special event (Blue Angles, Bay Swim, Tug of War, July 4th Fireworks, Naval Academy Events, etc.) patrols each boating season, stand radio watches at Station Annapolis, teach boating safety courses, perform vessel safety checks, assist community with marine events, directly support Station Annapolis & Sector Maryland - NCR with critical projects / missions.

Fellowship activities are important, since working relationships built on personal friendships are a critical enabler to successfully carrying out our missions as part of "Team Coast Guard"  & include annual potluck barbeque / picnic & Change of Watch (CoW) ceremonies where new officers are installed & members contributions are recognized. 


To promote and improve Recreational Boating Safety
To provide trained crews and facilities to augment the Coast Guard and enhance safety and security of our ports, waterways, and coastal regions
To support Coast Guard operational, administrative, and logistical Requirements

Auxiliary Cornerstones of Service

Member Services, Recreational Boating Safety, Operations and Marine Safety, Fellowship