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Security Warnings for Norfolk, VA, USA

By Val Ellis last modified Mar 21, 2011 04:20 PM

Published: 2011-03-21 16:20:33
Countries: USA

Many sailors will soon be making the trek north and cruising through the Norfolk, Va area while heading for the Chesapeake and points north. I thought I would pass on an important reminder to everyone that will be passing the Naval Shipyard in the Norfolk/ Hampton Roads vicinity.

The Navy has set up a security zone from the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 5 to the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 11, on the south side of the channel. If you have the most current charts, this area is colored in magenta, not to be confused with the magenta ICW channel. This is an OFF LIMITS AREA and in the words of the U.S. Coast Guard, "Unauthorized vessels entering this RESTRICTED AREA may encounter USE OF FORCE procedures by patrolling security vessels." So please stay clear and keep to the charted channel because we can verify through personal experience that they are not fooling around. The machine guns mounted on their patrol boats further reinforce their resolve. Norfolk Security can be contacted on VHF channel 14.

To see the area in question, goto http://www.waterwayguide.com/navupdate.php?area=4#1777

Chuck Baier
General Manager
www.waterwayguide.com

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