Group Hampton Roads missions supports the Commandant's six strategic goals of maritime safety, maritime mobility, maritime security, national defense, protection of natural resources, and most recently, homeland defense. This multi-mission unit, from Portsmouth, Virginia, has an area of responsibility including the lower half of the Chesapeake Bay and adjacent waters in the Atlantic Ocean out to 200 nautical miles. Group Hampton Roads is a subordinate unit of the Fifth Coast Guard District and a tenant command of Coast Guard Integrated Support Command, Portsmouth, VA. The Group consists of command staff, engineering support personnel, operations and communications personnel, and supply and administrative support personnel.
The Group consists of commissioned Officers, Chief Warrant Officers, Chief Petty Officers, Enlisted personnel, Reservists, and Auxiliarists. The Group, and its units, are responsible for maritime law enforcement, recreational boating safety, and maintenance of aids to navigation; which include, the Chesapeake Light Tower, Cape Henry Lighthouse, Cape Charles Lighthouse, and Rappahannock Range. As the primary search and rescue responder for the lower Chesapeake Bay and adjacent offshore waters, Group Hampton Roads coordinates the safe and effective execution of over 1,500 search and rescue cases each year. These cases are monitored by the Group Operations Center, which is jointly manned by personnel from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads. Group units also conduct an average of 660 law enforcement boardings each year. These boardings include: high interest foreign vessels, enforcement of boating safety laws, fisheries regulations, commercial fishing vessel safety, and drug trafficking. Personnel from the Group Engineering department provide maintenance support to Group units as well as the larger cutters based in Hampton Roads.
phone numbers: (757)686-4072
address: U.S. Coast Guard SC Portsmouth,
5000 Coast Guard Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23703
2,900 active duty; 626 civilians
limited (757)686-4082; referrals (800)628-7510
lodging: Very limited (757)438-8538
Support Center: (800)872-4957
care: Clinic. Appointments
(757)483-8586; Tricare (800)931-9501
USCG Hampton Roads
has a small exchange (757)483-8615. Recreation at USCG Hampton Roads
includes arts and crafts, recreation center, gym, tennis,
and outdoor activities.