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 been the "liberty" port of choice for the U.S. Navy for many years.
operation clear channel
The U.S. Coast Guard has kicked-off an initiative to keep navigational channels clear for commercial traffic such as cargo, petroleum and cruise ships. Operation Clear Channel was prompted by the increase in incidents where recreational boats blocked or hindered the safe passage of large ships in and out of Port Everglades, along with other major South Florida seaports.
Boaters on vessels less than 65 feet or sailing vessels are reminded that it is their responsibility to clear the passage for vessels that can only navigate within a narrow channel, according to Navigation Rule #9. Boaters violating this rule could be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or seizure of the violator’s vessel.
To learn more about Operation Clear Channel, CLICK HERE.
2017 fleet week
The Annual Fleet Week Celebration, organized by Broward Navy Days, Inc., honors members of our military. More than 12,000 crew members from the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard will arrive at Port Everglades to participate in a week of community service and recreational activities.
Reservations for ship tours are required. Space is limited. Visit browardnavydaysinc.org to reserve a ship's tour.
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:
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.
International navy fleets from Great Britain, Uruguay, Brazil, France, Germany and NATO also call on Port Everglades.