Coast Guard establishes safety and security zones for Los Angeles Fleet Week

An illustration of the security zone established for the 2017 Los Angeles Fleet Week event from August 29, 2017 to September 5, 2017. The Captain of the Port establishes security zones during high-profile events to minimize hazards to port operations. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

An illustration of the security zone established for the 2017 Los Angeles Fleet Week event from August 29, 2017 to September 5, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — For the safety of Fleet Week participants and spectators, a temporary security zone is planned for the Port of Los Angeles beginning Tuesday, and ending September 5.

The Captain of the Port establishes security zones during high-profile events to minimize hazards to port operations. The security zone is scheduled to encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor of the Port of Los Angeles within a 200-yard radius of underway Navy vessels greater than 100 feet in length. Additionally, the security zone around anchored or moored Navy vessels increases to a 250-yard radius within the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“The safety of Fleet Week participants and spectators is a top priority for the Coast Guard,” said Capt. Monica Rochester, the acting Captain of the Port of Los Angles. “Port and Waterway Security is one of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions and this security zone will help ensure a successful and beneficial opportunity for military organizations to work alongside their civilian partner agencies to keep the Los Angeles people safe.”

Entering or operating in the security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port of Los Angeles. Persons desiring to transit the security zone must first obtain authorization from the COTP or her designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, call 310-521-3801 or use marine-band radio via VHF-FM channel 16.

More information can be found in the local notice to mariners by contacting the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command duty officer through VHF channel 16 or by dialing 310-521-3801.

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