The following US Coast Guard publication “A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS AND SAFETY TIPS” is on the internet at the following URL: http://www.uscgboating.org/images/420.PDF.
Ever since 9-11 and the attack on the USS Cole in Aden in 2000, the US Navy has been a litt-tt-le twitchy about vessels coming too close to their ships.
The above publication points out the following:
Naval Vessel Protection Zones Do not approach within 100 yards, and slow to minimum speed within 500 yards, of any U .S. Naval vessel. If you need to approach within 100 yards in order to ensure a safe passage in accordance with the Navigation Rules, you must contact the U.S. Naval vessel or the U.S. Coast Guard escort vessel on your VHF radio (Channel 16) for authorization. If a Naval vessel is passing near where you are operating your boat, you may be asked to move your vessel to maintain the 100-yard distance. The U.S. Coast Guard will make an announcement ahead of time to alert boaters in the area. Violations of the Naval Vessel Protection Zone are a felony offense, punishable by up to 6 years in prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines. Be aware that both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard are authorized to use deadly force to protect themselves.
HAVE YOU READ OR DO YOU HAVE THE CURRENT VERSION OF THESE PUBLICATIONS / REGULATIONS?
Over the years, things change – including regulations and publications. You must stay current with the regulations and publications.
1. Catalogue of Nautical Charts and Related Publications
2. CHS – Navigation Charts (for the applicable trip)
3. NOTICE-TO-MARINER (NOTMAR) Updates
4. NOTICE TO SHIPPING (NOTSHIP) advisories
GOT A VHF OR SSB RADIO
TP13926 Radio Log Book for Canadian Flag Vessels (Also for GMDSS exempted vessels)
VHF Radiotelephone Practices and Procedures Regulations