Port Canaveral Hosts Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Olympics

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Seventh Coast Guard District is scheduled to host the Aids to Navigation Olympics Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit Pier in Port Canaveral.

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, from St. Petersburg, Fla., CGC Hudson, from Miami Beach, Fla., CGC Hammer, from Mayport, Fla., and the CGC Oak, from Charleston, S.C., along with several Aids to Navigation Teams throughout the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina will be challenged in more than six events designed to test their ability to work with deck equipment, dewatering and lamp-lighting techniques, along with their firefighting skills.

“When waterways close in the aftermath of a hurricane, these units respond to repair aids to navigation and re-open the waterways,” said Lt. j.g. John Lisko, the district prevention and waterways management field operations assistant for the Seventh Coast Guard District, “This training mission is a great way for units to get together, share practices and build camaraderie, so when disasters strike, they will be ready.”

The ATON Olympics is an event held once a year to sharpen the skills of the ATON crews throughout the Seventh Coast Guard District, which includes Puerto Rico, Key West, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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