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[EXPIRED] LNM: Naval Exercises Continue, St. Andrews Bay


Boaters around Panama City and St. Andrews Bay have grown very accustomed to the presence of naval vessels in the area waterways. But just in case, here are three more Local Notices from week 28.

FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PANAMA CITY BEACH – Naval Operations  READ MORE!

Commencing July 13, 2017 and continuing until approximately July 20, 2017, the U.S. Navy will conduct test operations in an area approximately 12 nautical miles south-southwest from the mouth of Panama City Pass, Florida. The Navy will be placing moored targets at various depths from the surface that will pose a hazard to navigation. The center point of this target field is in approximate position 30-07-54.6N 085-57-56.0W. The targets will be placed in the water column at various depths from the surface to the bottom. The hazard area will be marked with 6 lighted hazard buoys. The M/V TYSON B will be on-station during the entire time to further ensure and warn vessels of the hazards to navigation. Mariners transiting the area should contact the support vessel via VHF-FM Channel 16, heed all instructions and remain a minimum of 1 nautical mile from vessels on station.
Charts: 1115A 11360 11380 LNM 28/17

FL – GULF OF MEXICO – U.S. Navy Testing READ MORE!

Commencing July 18, 2017 and continuing until approximately July 25, 2017, the U.S. Navy will be conducting test operations in several areas south of Panama City, Florida aboard M/V PATRIOT. Primary test areas are located in approximate positions: 29-56-25.0N 085-54-36.0W, (100-foot operation area), 29-47-01.0N 086-21-49.0W, (300-foot operation area), 29-36-31.0N 086-34-16.0W, (600-foot operation area) and 29-31-17.0N 086-43-46.0W, (900-foot operation area). It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least 2 nautical miles from Navy Vessels
working in these areas as they will be under restricted maneuverability towing conditions during test events. There are also items on the sea floor and in the water column in these general areas. Any items moored close enough to the surface to be a hazard to navigation will be lighted, buoyed, and/or guarded while deployed for short durations during the test period. U.S. Navy Support vessel M/V PATRIOT will be on station in these areas during test event scheduled. All concerned traffic should contact these support vessels on VHF-FM Channel 16, heed all instruction
given, and stay a minimum of 2 nautical miles from vessels on station in any of these operational areas. Additionally, it is requested that all trawler operations within 2 nautical miles of these positions given, be avoided at all times as U.S. Navy equipment has been deployed in these areas and will remain in these areas through the duration of the test event. Charts: 1115A 11360 11380 LNM 28/17

FL – ST. ANDREW BAY – PANAMA CITY – Naval Testing READ MORE!

Commencing July 18, 2017 and continuing until approximately July 20, 2017, the U.S. Navy will be conducting submerged and surface acoustic testing operations in the vicinity of St. Andrew Bay, near Redfish Point and Davis Point, in approximate positions 30-08-01.14N 085-41-47.94W and 30-07-56.52N 085-41-57.24W. The main surface vessel supporting this test event is: U.S Navy Project Support Craft (PSC) 8 providing command and control and conducting towing operations. It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least 1,000 yards (approximately 1/2 nautical mile) from PSC 8. All U.S. Navy PSCs will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. Charts: 1115A 11360 11380 LNM 28/17
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