Coast Guard buoy tenders, aids to navigation team fix critical ATON discrepancies

The Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., transits en route to the Florida Keys to conduct critical aids to navigation discrepancies and provide support and supplies for Hurricane Irma relief, Sept. 15, 2017. The Florida Keys remain without fresh running water after Hurricane Irma caused severe damage to the islands. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

The Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., transits en route to the Florida Keys to conduct critical aids to navigation discrepancies and provide support and supplies for Hurricane Irma relief, Sept. 15, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Two Coast Guard buoy tenders have identified and fixed all discrepancies of 42 critical aids to navigation in and around the Florida Keys.

The Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Coast Guard Cutter Elm, a 225-foot Sea-going Buoy Tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina are also in the Florida Keys delivering relief supplies on top of their ATON mission.

The Florida Keys have more than 500 navigational aids, both floating and stationary in the Keys, some of which were damaged or moved off station due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Key West personnel have begun replacing dayboards, mid-channel markers and smaller aids in the Keys.

ATON can provide a boater with the same type of information drivers get from street signs, stop signals, road barriers, detours and traffic lights. These aids range from lighthouses, to minor lights, day beacons, range lights and sound signals, to lighted or unlighted buoys.

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