Coast Guard Auxiliary created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian volunteer component of
the United States Coast Guard
in nearly all its missions. Made up of 30,000 men and women who live and
work in the communities they serve and understand the unique needs of the public, they donate their time and
expertise to support the Coast Guard and improve boating safety.
Vessel safety checks, harbor patrols, safe boating courses,
search and rescue and marine environmental protection
are just a few of the services provided
by the Auxiliary.
Five Northern Region (D5NR) is a sub-unit of the Coast Guard District
Five with headquarters in Portsmouth, VA. The D5NR Area of
Responsibility (AOR) is the same geographic region as U.S. Coast
Guard Sector Delaware Bay. The D5NR region is comprised of
2600 Auxiliarists and encompasses all of the state of Delaware,
most of New Jersey with the exception of much of the NJ side of
the greater New York City Metropolitan area, and most of
Pennsylvania from Philadelphia to the Western boundary near
Indiana and Jefferson Counties.
In D5NR, approximately 2,600 Auxiliarists, 200 small boats, 15 aircraft
and 200 radio facilities support 29 different Coast Guard
commands including CG Sector Delaware Bay, Air Station Atlantic
City, Small Boat Stations, Cutters, Aids to Navigation Teams,
Recruiting Offices, the CG Atlantic Strike Team, and CG Recruit
Training Center Cape May through 300,000 hours of volunteer efforts each year.
On waterways and in the air, the Auxiliary provides over 15,000
hours of direct operational support to the Coast Guard. They
patrol New Jersey's coastline, rivers and lakes, Delaware Bay,
Delaware River, and Pennsylvania’s lakes and rivers including
the Susquehanna River and major tributaries including the
Schuylkill River and the C&D Canal. Additionally, Auxiliarists
in D5NR routinely lead the nation for hours devoted to public
education in areas that involve recreational boating safety,
seamanship and outreach.
In order to provide boating safety and search and rescue response in areas
without a significant Coast Guard presence, the Auxiliary operates four Search
and Rescue Detachments (SARDETs) in D5NR which are manned throughout the weekends
during summer months. SARDETS are located at Bordentown, NJ, Wilmington, DE and
Bowers Beach, DE, and Long Level, PA.
Through partnership and support of the Coast Guard, close
cooperation and Memorandums of Agreements with the three States for internal waters,
and cooperation with local authorities and other volunteer organizations, Auxiliarists
in D5NR stand ready to assist the boating and maritime community.