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Coast Guard Station Chatham

The Mission


Station Chatham stands ready to respond to all maritime emergencies.  Station Chatham's Search and Rescue Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes the waters from just north of Cahoon's Hollow Beach south to halfway between Monomoy Island and Nantucket, then west into Nantucket Sound to the NS buoy, then NE to Point Gammon. 

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Key Benefits

Preparing Your Vessel and yourselves

The Coast Guard recommends you take the time to prepare yourselves before enjoying your day on the water.  Please take the time to follow the links to other websites that have a great amount of information.  This includes:

Operator's Responsibilities

Your water fun depends on you, your equipment and other people who, Like yourself, enjoy spending leisure time on, in or near the water. Let's take a look at your responsibilities:

You are the key to water safety!


The United States Coast Guard's homeland security mission is not new to us.  It is more visible today than it was prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but it is just as important as it was when we first began protecting our national sovereignty 219 years ago.  The Coast Guard maintains a clear vision and a keen sense of vigilance while keeping watch for threats to our security and those who would do us harm.

As part of Operation Noble Eagle, the Coast Guard is at a heightened state of alert protecting more than 361 ports and 95,000 miles of coastline, America's longest border.  The Coast Guard continues to play an integral role in maintaining the operations of our ports and waterways by providing a secure environment in which mariners and the American people can safely go about the business of living and working freely.

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Coast Guard immediately mobilized more than 2,000 Reservists in the largest homeland defense and port security operation since World War II.  The Coast Guard has increased its vigilance, readiness, and patrols to protect the country's 95,000 miles of coastline, including the Great Lakes and inland waterways.

The Coast Guard's homeland security role includes:

Operation Noble Eagle refers to U.S. military operations associated with homeland defense and civil support to federal, state and local agencies in the United States, and includes the increased security measures taken after the September 11 terrorist attacks.  The operation involves joint agency coordination and cooperation to ensure our nation and borders are protected from future attacks.  An increased presence will prevent and deter those who would cause harm to innocent Americans.

Operation Enduring Freedom refers generally to U.S. military operations associated with the war on terrorism outside the United States.  Coast Guard port security units have deployed in support of this operation.

Last Modified 1/12/2016