Coast Guard to enforce Blue Angels Air Show security zone

HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard will enforce a security zone for the Blue Angels Air Show Oct. 13-14 at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The security zone will include parts of Kaneohe Bay and require mariners to steer clear of a “show box” the high-performance jet pilots will use as a reference point.

A security zone ensures spectators or boaters do not enter an area that is designed to keep both observers and participants safe. The security zone — essentially the water surrounding the Marine base — will be enforced by Coast Guard vessels and personnel from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Thursday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 14.

A safety perimeter extending approximately 100 yards from buoys in the water will be indicated by orange security boom (similar to the boom used in marine environmental cleanup) and mariners will be asked to stay outside that boom. Additionally, a safety perimeter in the Kaiwi Channel north of Pyramid Rock extending approximately 300 yards beyond the base boundary will also be secured to commercial traffic.

The specific coordinates for the security zone are as follow (and can be matched by mariners to Chart 19359, the chart for Kaneohe Bay):

For waters inside Kaneohe Bay, the points of the security zone (and of the Naval Defensive Sea Area), is from 21 degrees 26.628 minutes north latitude and 157 degrees and 47.330 minutes west longitude to 21 degrees 26.449 minutes north latitude and 157 degrees and 47.071 minutes west longitude to 21 degrees and 26.270 minutes north latitude and 157 degrees and 46.895 minutes west longitude.

In the Kaiwi Channel, the points of the security zone (and of the Naval Defensive Sea Area) extend north to position 21 degrees 27.943 minutes north latitude and 157-44.953 minutes west longitude to 21 degrees 28.251 minutes north latitude and 157 degrees 44.880 minutes west longitude.

Mariners will be allowed to transit through Kaneohe Bay, the Sampan channel and the Kaneohe Bay entrance channel. Mariners will not be allowed to transit through the Navy Crash Boat Channel from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day.

All vessels are encouraged to monitor channel 16 for daily security updates (which will be read by the Coast Guard on that frequency every two hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or contact Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Waterfront Operations office at (808) 257-2941 or on VHF Channel 16.

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