Barnegat Light Coast Guard Station Open House Set for Aug. 23

Aug 09, 2017
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

 

U.S. Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light will hold its 14th annual Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosted by the Manahawkin-based USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 74 and the station’s crew, the popular event – 700 people attended last year – will feature, weather permitting, an in-water Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration. Other highlights include USCG patrol boat tours, global positioning and boat radio demos, knot-tying demonstrations and instructional flare displays.

A USCG rescue swimmer will attend, as will the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst-based USCG Atlantic Strike Team, the Coast Guard’s first line of defense against oil and other hazardous substance pollution incidents on the East Coast, which will bring along a hazmat response trailer complete with a robot. Flotilla 74 members will fit and adjust personal flotation devices, hand out boating safety literature and hope to attract new members.

 Other organizations that will be represented include Tuckerton Seaport, Alliance for a Living Ocean, the “Black Sheep” Ocean Air Support Squadron from Lanoka Harbor, the Lanoka Harbor Dive Team, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Flotilla 74 members will sell hot dogs, soda, water and Coast Guard T-shirts. They’ll also give away free personal flotation devices (life jackets, to you landlubbers) each hour and will raffle a “patriotic watch,” a framed large photo of Barnegat Light and a wooden model of the Coast Guard Academy’s famed training vessel, the tall ship Eagle.

Finally, a Coast Guard recruiter will be on hand, so the open house presents a perfect opportunity for young adults who may have been considering joining the nation’s smallest but, perhaps, most varied in its responsibilities, armed force, perfectly described by its motto – Semper Paratus, “Always Ready.”  —R.M.

 

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