Saipan – Members of the Saipan Auxiliary Flotilla recently had an opportunity to climb aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Assateague to train alongside their active duty counterparts.
Last year marked the reestablishment of the Saipan Flotilla in the CNMI, making it the newest fully fledged flotilla in the Pacific Region.
Since its reestablishment, the flotilla’s new memberships and training needs continue to grow. “Auxiliarists serve as the resident experts of safe boating in their communities. This expertise starts with training our members first so they can apply these lessons learned in their interactions with the boating public in Saipan,” said Dennis Chapla, Saipan flotilla commander.
Crew from the cutter Assateague spent the day with Saipan Auxiliarists training in boat handling, navigation and other seamanship skills. This will be the first of many trips from Coast Guard units home ported in Guam to Saipan to assist the flotilla with their training needs.
[ Petty Officers Brian Sink and Scott Camacho brought Auxiliary members out to the cutter Assateague by small boat for a day of seamanship training. This training will help Auxiliary members when the flotilla establishes their boats in the future. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lieutenant Lisa Rodman.]
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the uniformed civilian all-volunteer component of Team Coast Guard assists the active duty Coast Guard in many of its varied missions. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms, and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.
Its over 32,000 members contribute millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.
If you are you interested in joining or learning more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Saipan Contact Dennis Chapla, Saipan Auxiliary flotilla commander at (671) 256-2005.