LNM: St Andrew Bay, US Navy Test Operations, Mar 28-Apr 30, south of Panama City, FL
Panama City boaters are accustomed to US Navy training in the vicinity of St Andrew Bay, but cruisers need to be aware of the 2 NM stand clear zones.
FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PANAMA CITY – U.S. U.S. Navy Operations
Commencing March 28, 2021 and continuing through April 30, 2021, the U.S. Navy will be conducting test operations in several areas south of Panama City Florida, aboard primary vessels PSC-12 or from suitable alternative platform. Primary test areas are in the vicinity of Panama City within 2.7, nautical miles centered around 30-10-22.0N 085-45-26.0W (30°10.3667N / 085°45.4333W, 30.172778 / -85.757222) and Warning Area 151 within 26.9, nautical miles centered around 30-10-22.0N 085-45-26.0W (30°10.3667N / 085°45.4333W, 30.172778 / -85.757222) . It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least 2 nautical miles from Test Vessels working in these areas as they are likely to be under restricted maneuverability towing conditions during test events. PSC-12, or other suitable alternative platform will be on station in these areas during test events scheduled at a frequency of approximately 5-days a week. All concerned traffic should contact the support vessel on VHF-FM Channel 16, heed all instructions 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 the OP AREA 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 events. Charts 11360 11389 LNM 11/21