Fleet Week 2023
Port Everglades is honored to host the annual Fleet Week celebration, which allows Broward County residents and visitors the opportunity to thank the armed forces for their service to our nation. Stay tuned at BrowardNavyDays for future information.
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 been the "liberty" port of choice for the U.S. Navy for many years. The Port has also had the privilege of hosting several ship commissioning ceremonies for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Vessels commissioned at Port Everglades, include:
U.S. Coast Guard
- USS Richard Etheridge (2012)
- USS Leyete Gulf (1987)
- USS Cole (1996)
- USS Higgins (1999)
- USS Bainbridge (2005)
- USS Jason Dunham (2010)
- USS Paul Ignatius (2019)
- USS Fort Lauderdale (2022)
International navy fleets from Great Britain, Uruguay, Brazil, France, Germany and NATO also call on Port Everglades.
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.