Hampton Roads Boaters Ignore Naval Vessel Protection Zone

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The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters in the Hampton Roads area to familiarize themselves with the federal regulations governing the security zone surrounding all naval vessels more than 100 feet in length.

Recently boaters have been approaching naval vessels too closely within the Port of Hampton Roads. Protecting naval vessels from sabotage and terrorist acts is one of the country’s and the Coast Guard’s highest priorities.  For this reason, Congress mandated a 500-yard Naval Vessel Protection Zone to be established around all U.S. naval vessels more than 100 feet in length.

When within 500 yards of a naval vessel, all boaters, both commercial and recreational, shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course.  In addition, boaters must comply with all direction given by the Coast Guard or the naval vessel inside the 500-yard zone.  No vessel or person may approach within 100 yards of the naval vessel unless authorized by the Coast Guard or the naval vessel.
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