Coast Guard Auxiliary commissions newest vessel

By on March 19, 2019

Captain John Lawing and his crew (Frank Spruill, Jim Fordham, Jack Horst) depart from the Dock of the Bay Marina for Salty Dog’s maiden voyage. (Photo by Marcia Horst)

The Outer Banks Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary recently welcomed a new vessel into its fleet.

The Salty Dog, owned by John Lawing and maintained out of Heritage Point on Roanoke Island, becomes the Flotilla’s 7th authorized vessel.

Salty Dog will join her sister vessels supporting a wide range of activities including aircraft and helicopter search & rescue training, training with the Oregon Inlet Coast Guard boat station, and conducting local boating safety patrols during the busy boating season.

The Outer Banks Auxiliary Flotilla is among the busiest in the country in providing vital support to ensure active duty Coast Guard readiness.

The groups 50+ volunteer members are also very visible in the community, spreading the message of boating safety through boater certification training, vessel inspections, children’s programs, and liaison with other first responder organizations.

If you are passionate about boating and have a desire to enhance community enjoyment of our unparalleled water resources, we welcome you to learn more by contacting our Human Resources Officer Jay Dunlap (

We also welcome you to attend one of our monthly meetings held the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7PM at the Pitt Center in Southern Shores.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit

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