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Was out of Rudee Sunday. Nice flat day. Got the prerequisite Shark (for me on Saturday) and a lot of Crabs. No love on anything interesting.

There was a lot of radio traffic from a Navy Ship coming into Norfolk. From both the Ship and its escort.

What was going on? Sounded like nobody. Was giving way..

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I heard the same thing, the navy does not play, get in the way or to close to a carrier can mean a world of hurt. Sink your boat or arrest you.

My advice is if you see a navy warship is to turn on your marine radio in case they are hailing you and get out of their way, they have escorts with automatic weapons and can shoot you.
 

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I can see the headlines now .... " 23' Boat gets shot down, crew of 4 killed because they wouldn't move out of the way ....." Nope, will never happen. You might get boarded, but there ain't a snow ball chance in hell any shots will be fired at a pleasure boater.
 

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They hailed us offshore a few weeks ago to stay at least 4 miles away the direction we were trolling intersected there path of travel, they definitely mean business
 

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A few years ago we were offshore and hooked a big tuna . There was a destroyer in the area and I had to keep our stern to them and try to pull the fish away from it . The ship hailed us and asked us to stop and fight the fish , the captain was on the bridge rail watching us fight the fish and wanted to see us land it .
 

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They hail you on 16 by saying this is Warship 95 hailing the vessel at lat/lon _____, at a speed of ___knots, on a course of _____ degrees. Yes you have to have 16 on (it's the law) and be able to hear them. A few years ago we were headed to the cigar area offshore and Warship 95 hailed us and requested we change course 10 degrees to starboard. It landed us near the triple zeros and right on top of the fish. They were doing live fire exercises and needed a 5 mile safety zone. There was one guy in the their box they could not raise on 16 and I advised them to try 68 or 79 and they were able to talk to them get them to move. A civilian boat heading straight for a U.S. Navy boat makes them nervous and for good reason. Give them room or pay the consequences.
 

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That chick on the escort boat was a trip, and simply would not shut up.

It it was an aircraft carrier that was inbound, I figured it for a sub the way she was yacking on 16.
 

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They hail you on 16 by saying this is Warship 95 hailing the vessel at lat/lon _____, at a speed of ___knots, on a course of _____ degrees. Yes you have to have 16 on (it's the law) and be able to hear them. A few years ago we were headed to the cigar area offshore and Warship 95 hailed us and requested we change course 10 degrees to starboard. It landed us near the triple zeros and right on top of the fish. They were doing live fire exercises and needed a 5 mile safety zone. There was one guy in the their box they could not raise on 16 and I advised them to try 68 or 79 and they were able to talk to them get them to move. A civilian boat heading straight for a U.S. Navy boat makes them nervous and for good reason. Give them room or pay the consequences.
Thanks Mike. I was watching this post because of recent event. I was Trolling York spit area when sub came out behind me. What a beautiful sight to see! It had 2 escorts with some nasty looking guns on bow,, I had to do a 180 turn, to both- stay out of shallow water and out of their way. When I did turn, I heard the gunboats engines kick in and it turned to protect! - ( I am glad they are out there!) To be honest, I was worried! I asked on 68 if anyone knew procedures!

I guess I should have known 16 would have been correct channel in that situation.
I noticed few around here have radios on, Or they monitor 16? I always monitor 68, have helped a few and been helped .
 

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Here is the official law and possible fine. They can put you in jail for 6 years and fine you $250K and yes, shoot you. Keep out of their way and keep your radio on channel 16. You got to remember there are crazy people who want to do harm to our military and those ships cost a lot of money, for a sub is close to 3 billion, carriers 12 billion, and DDG is 3 billion, not counting all the training our sailors get and the reactors, finally we do not want to lose one military life by being NICE.

http://www.boatus.org/guide/navigation_38.html
Naval Vessel Protection Zones

One thing you must contend with if you boat in certain areas of the country are Naval Vessel Protection Zones.
These zones are designed to prevent attacks against our navy by placing restrictions on how closely you may
come to a naval vessel.

The requirements are:

•You may not approach within 100 yards of any U.S. naval vessel. Sometimes this is an impossible thing
to accomplish. If you need to pass within 100 yards of a U.S. naval vessel in order to ensure a safe passage
in accordance with the Navigation Rules, you must contact the U.S. naval vessel or the Coast Guard escort
vessel on your VHF radio. (Channel 16).

•You must operate at minimum speed within 500 yards of any U.S. naval vessel. You must proceed as
directed by the vessels' commanding officer, or the official patrol.

Violations of the Naval Vessel Protection Zone (100 yards) are a felony offense, punishable by up to 6 years in prison
and/or up to $250,000 in fines.

And don't forget, both the Navy and the Coast Guard are authorized to use deadly force to protect themselves...

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div6&node=33:2.0.1.6.34.7
§165.2025 Atlantic Area.

(a) This section applies to any vessel or person in the navigable waters of the United States within the boundaries of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, which includes the First, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth U.S. Coast Guard Districts.

Note to §165.2025 paragraph (a): The boundaries of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area and the First, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth U.S. Coast Guard Districts are set out in 33 CFR part 3.

(b) A naval vessel protection zone exists around U.S. naval vessels greater than 100 feet in length overall at all times in the navigable waters of the United States, whether the large U.S. naval vessel is underway, anchored, moored, or within a floating drydock, except when the large naval vessel is moored or anchored within a restricted area or within a naval defensive sea area.

(c) The Navigation Rules shall apply at all times within a naval vessel protection zone.

(d) When within a naval vessel protection zone, all vessels shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course, unless required to maintain speed by the Navigation Rules, and shall proceed as directed by the Coast Guard, the senior naval officer present in command, or the official patrol. When within a naval vessel protection zone, no vessel or person is allowed within 100 yards of a large U.S. naval vessel unless authorized by the Coast Guard, the senior naval officer present in command, or official patrol.

(e) To request authorization to operate within 100 yards of a large U.S. naval vessel, contact the Coast Guard, the senior naval officer present in command, or the official patrol on VHF-FM channel 16.

(f) When conditions permit, the Coast Guard, senior naval officer present in command, or the official patrol should:

(1) Give advance notice on VHF-FM channel 16 of all large U.S. naval vessel movements; and

(2) Permit vessels constrained by their navigational draft or restricted in their ability to maneuver to pass within 100 yards of a large U.S. naval vessel in order to ensure a safe passage in accordance with the Navigation Rules; and

(3) Permit commercial vessels anchored in a designated anchorage area to remain at anchor when within 100 yards of passing large U.S. naval vessels; and

(4) Permit vessels that must transit via a navigable channel or waterway to pass within 100 yards of a moored or anchored large U.S. naval vessel with minimal delay consistent with security.

Note to §165.2025 paragraph (f): The listed actions are discretionary and do not create any additional right to appeal or otherwise dispute a decision of the Coast Guard, the senior naval officer present in command, or the official patrol.
 

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HC - you can set most radios to a "monitor" or "scan" mode, then set the channels you want included in the group. I'd always wondered why radio companies don't manufacture the units to monitor 16 constantly.
 

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I have two of everything including radios... I keep one in 16 and the other on 68, no need to scan and get stuck on 68 with buffer boats taking about the wind. Doesn't everybody???

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