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Broward County and its Port Everglades have a long history of welcoming members of the Armed Forces into our community. The Port served as a military base for the U.S. Navy during World War II, and has hosted Fleet Week for more than 20 years.  

fleet week

Port Everglades has been the "liberty" port of choice for the U.S. Navy for many years. Broward Navy Days, Inc., Fleet Week's organizers, will honor members of our military May 1 - 7, 2017. Hundreds of crew members from the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard will arrive at Port Everglades. Check back for more information on ship arrivals and tours. 


u.s. coast guard

On August 3, 2012, Port Everglades had the honor of serving as the host site for the commissioning of the USCG Richard Etheridge, the U.S. Coast Guard's second Sentinel Class Response Cutters. The Sentinel Class vessels are designed to conduct:

  • search and rescue
  • national defense
  • homeland security
  • maritime drug interdiction
  • alien migrant interdiction
  • living marine resources
  • Coast Guard missions

The cutter was named after Richard Etheridge, the first African-American to command a life-saving station. Etheridge led the Pea Island, NC, crew in a daring rescue operation that saved the entire crew of the schooner E.S. Newman, which had become grounded in a treacherous storm in 1896.

On August 7, 1975, the  U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, located directly across from Port Everglades, was formally commissioned. Its primary missions are search and rescue and drug interdiction. The phone number for U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale is 954-927-1611.

U.S. Navy vessels commissioned at Port Everglades:
  • USS Leyete Gulf (1987)
  • USS Cole (1996)
  • USS Higgins (1999)
  • USS Bainbridge (2005)
  • USS  Jason Dunham (2010)

International navy fleets from Great Britain, Uruguay, Brazil, France, Germany and NATO also call on Port Everglades.

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