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AIDS TO NAVIGATION TEAM NEW YORK MISSION AND AOR

MISSIONS & READINESS

The missions of Aids to Navigation Team New York are as follows:

  1. Inspect, maintain, service, accurately position, and relieve assigned floating aids to navigation in accordance with existing directives.
  2. Inspect, maintain, service and recharge assigned fixed aids to navigation in accordance with the AIDS TO NAVIGATION MANUAL - ADMINSTRATION (COMDTINST M16500 series) and the FIRST COAST GUARD DISTRICT AIDS TO NAVIGATION SOP.
  3. Correct discrepancies to all aids to navigation, within the capabilities of the assigned personnel and equipment, in the geographical areas of responsibility.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the various aids to navigation in the area of responsibility and recommend to the District Commander via Commander, Coast Guard Sector New York such additions, deletions, or other changes considered appropriate to improve the effectiveness of the aids to navigation system. All recommendations shall include sufficient detail to enable the District Commander to make a meaningful evaluation to the proposed change. Conduct WAMS Analysis, when needed.
  5. Train all assigned personnel to qualify them for boat positions as well as those types of aids to navigation work to which they may be assigned. Submit request for Aids to Navigation school quotas, Aids to Navigation Team Training Team, and Aids to Navigation Position Team to the District Commander (dpw) via the Sector Commander.
  6. While ANTs are not normally tasked with other than aids to navigation missions, the facilities available and trained experience level of assigned personnel make these units very capable of performing other Coast Guard missions such as SAR, ELT and Environmental Protection. Therefore ANT personnel should be familiar with the requirements for these missions and this unit will perform the necessary training to meet these requirements.
  7. The OINC of ANTs should be the CG's best source of information on Aids to Navigation and condition of the waterways within his assigned geographical area. In order that he may remain current with information, the OIC shall personally pass by each of his assigned aids at least annually, in order to ascertain for himself that we are providing the advertised service to the mariner and general condition of the aids assigned his unit.

ANT NEW YORK STATISTICS

  1. PERSONNEL - 26 Regular Active Duty
  2. BOATS - (2) 49'BUSLs, (2) 26’TANB
  3. VEHICLES - (2) Government vehlicles. One of which is used to tow unit TANBs.
  4. AOR - approximately 1600 square miles consisting of New York harbor, the upper and lower bays, the Raritan River and Raritan Bay, the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers, the Kills between Staten Island and New Jersey, Newark Bay including the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers, the Hudson River up to Rockland County, New York, Long Island Sound east to Matincock Point, and Jamaica Bay east to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  5. AIDS TO NAVIGATION - Aid responsibility includes 480 primary aids, 96 seasonal aids with 9 major lighthouses.  ANT New York has secondary responsibility for CUTTERS JUNIPER, KATHERINE WALKER, LINE, and HAWSER totaling 360 buoys, lights and daybeacons. 

ANT NEW YORK HISTORY

Aids to Navigation Team New York was established by combining ANT Fort Totten , Light Station Ambrose, and Light Station Coney Island. From establishment to 1983 the unit was located and managed from an office in Building 96 Group Engineering on Governors Island New York . In 1983, a house barge was obtained from the U.S. Navy and moored alongside the pier aft of Building 96.  ANT New York was then relocated to this barge. In 1985, cost savings measures forced ANT New York to be renamed ANT SORREL.  This removed the assigned title of Officer in Charge changing it to supervisor.  All admin/operational support was assigned to CGC SORREL until 1987 where ANT New York was reestablished.

In 1994, after years of enduring freezing water and sewage pipes, severe heating and cooling problem, and taking on water during heavy weather, the unit was relocated to Building 25. In July of 1997, again, due to cost savings measures, ANT New York was relocated to the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne (MOTBY) New Jersey .  The first move was temporary facilities -- an office building, mobile office trailers and numerous storage boxes.  All while a new ANT/MAT building was being built.  Also, during this time frame ANT New York was the only ATON unit in the area responding to over 80 discrepancies belonging to other units that were not yet commissioned through October 1997.

Today, ANT New York is located in a state of the art facility on the Military Ocean Terminal.  The new facility consists of a 16,000 square foot building located on portions of Lot 75.  Parking and buoy storage are on most of Lot 85.  The building is environmentally controlled.  There are internal storage areas for the five vessels located at MOTBY.  All sewage and water pipes are heated and have electronic sensors and alarms installed to warn if the temperature drops toward freezing.  Two work bays have overhead movable lifting stations rated at 2 tons. Crew comforts include dayroom with kitchenette, berthing rooms with individual toilet facilities, laundry facilities, and locker rooms.  The unit provides crane and forklift service for all cutters moored at MOTBY.

ANT New York has also participated in numerous events outside the ATON area namely -- Rescue efforts for Flight 1549, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks, Parade of Ships, Fleet Week, Presidential Security to name a few.

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