New Coast Guard aids to navigation team to open for operations on Oak Island

5th Coast Guard District News
OAK ISLAND, N.C. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a commissioning ceremony for Aids to Navigation Team Oak Island Monday at 300-B Caswell Beach Rd., Oak Island at 10 a.m.

Rear Adm. Stephen P. Metruck, 5th District commander, will officially designate Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan R. Yoraschek as officer in charge of the new ANT Oak Island unit during the ceremony.

ANT Oak Island’s primary responsibilities will include the maintenance of 513 navigational aids positioned along the Intracoastal Waterway from the southern most boarder of North Carolina to the southern portion of Bogue Sound, including the Cape Fear River.

ANT Oak Island will be responsible for 193 lighted structures, 267 day beacons, 52 range structures and one lighthouse. These aids to navigation assist mariners in the navigation of their vessels and warn of hazards.

A commissioning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which a unit is officially dedicated and placed into the service of the United States of America and the U.S. Coast Guard. The ceremony is purposely conducted before the assembled officers and crew of the command and involves the reading of official orders. This serves as notice to the crew, the Coast Guard and the nation, conveying the legal authority to establish the unit and the assignment of the officer in charge.

Yoraschek will be advanced to Chief Petty Officer following the ceremony.

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