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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. Coast Guard Auxiliary men and women live and work in the communities they serve and understand the unique needs of their local and regional areas.

District Five - Northern Region (D5NR) is a sub-unit of Coast Guard District Five, headquartered in Portsmouth, VA. The Director of the Auxiliary Office, which is comprised of a CG Active Duty Commander, a Chief Warrant Officer, a CG Civilian Administrative Specialist and two CG Petty Officers, manages the Auxiliary Program from an office located at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA. The Director’s Office works in close concert with the Auxiliary’s District Commodore and the appointed and elected staff to manage and channel over 300,000 hours of volunteer efforts each year. The D5NR Area of Responsibility (AOR) is the same geographic region as U. S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. The D5NR region 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 2,000 Auxiliarists, 200 small boats, 6 aircraft and 200 radio facilities support 29 different Coast Guard commands including CG Sector Delaware Bay, Air Station Atlantic City, Small Boat Stations, Coast Guard Cutters, Aids to Navigation Teams, Recruiting Offices, the CG Atlantic Strike Team, and CG Recruit Training Center (TRACEN) Cape May. 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 majortributaries including the Schuylkill River and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Additionally, D5NR Auxiliarists routinely lead the nation for hours devoted to publ ic education and in areas of service that involve recreational boating safety, seamanship, marine safety and outreach.

In order to provide boating safety and search and rescue response in areas without a significant Coast Guard presence, the D5NR Auxiliary operates three Search and Rescue Detachments (SARDETs) and an Auxiliary Search and Rescue Station in D5NR which are manned throughout the weekends during the boating season. SARDETS are located at Bordentown, NJ, Marcus Hook, PA and Bowers Beach, DE. Auxiliary Station (AUXSTA) Long Level, is at Wrightsville, PA.


Through partnership and support of the Coast Guard, close cooperation and memorandums of agreement with the three States for internal waters, and cooperation with local authorities and other volunteer organizations, Auxi liarists in D5NR assist the Coast Guard, the boating and maritime communit ies and their neighbors being ever Semper Paratus (Always Ready).

We invite you to explore our site and learn more about
who we are and what we do to be 'Semper Paratus'.



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