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Navy & Coast Guard

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 4 - 10, 2015. Hundreds of Navy sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard military will arrive at Port Everglades. Ships scheduled to participate include the U.S.S. Wasp, an amphibious assault craft; two destroyers, the U.S.S. Cole and U.S.S. James Williams; a submarine to be announced; and the U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter Richard Etheridge. Ships are expected to arrive at Port Everglades between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, May 4.  The public can watch the arrival of the ships from John U. Lloyd State Park or watch it on the web at

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

Port Everglades hosted the commissioning ceremony for the USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), an Arleigh Burke Class Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, on November 13, 2010. The event drew thousands to the port following a week of events and activities for the crew and their families.   

Other U.S. Navy vessels commissioned at Port Everglades:

  • USS Leyete Gulf (1987)
  • USS Cole (1996)
  • USS Higgins (1999)
  • USS Bainbridge (2005)

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