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I was "buzzed" by a Coast Guard Boat in NY harbour the other day. I was within 100 yards of the Staten island ferry, which I guess was the problem. There was a guy behind the .50 machine gun in the front. They came in at high speed. Turned right between us and the ferry. Was a little scary. There is so much traffic in NY harbor it is very tough to stay away from everything.
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Those CG RIB boats with the 50 caliber guns mounted on the bow seem to be all over the NYC waterways. Another spot to be especially careful is in the East River near the UN. I was once 'escorted' through that area by a CG RIB. They did not want to speak on the VHF either but they left us alone once we had cleared whatever perimeter they were maintaining. I'm not sure who was visiting the UN that day.

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I myself have encountered several subs, once off the coast of Delaware it was right beneath my vessel! I have never received a call back via VHF and am surprised they responded at all! As you already, best to steer clear when you are able!
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Once you pass Groton and EB on the Thames River (CT), heading under the 95 bridge you'll come to the New London sub base. Your life will be complete once you've experienced extremely motivated, highly trained US Navy Seal Shore Patrol armed with side arms and automatic weapons, with their weaponized overpowered shore boats, who with steeled deliberation and fortitude plant themselves squarely in your course (just to let you know they're there) to "escort" you, your boat and crew past the base. Makes me glad they work for us. The USCG doesn't have the pucker factor these boys possess; thank you G_d.
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I was "buzzed" by a Coast Guard Boat in NY harbour the other day. I was within 100 yards of the Staten island ferry, which I guess was the problem. There was a guy behind the .50 machine gun in the front. They came in at high speed. Turned right between us and the ferry. Was a little scary. There is so much traffic in NY harbor it is very tough to stay away from everything.
They have been escorting the SI ferry now for a couple of years...I noticed it last year on the anniversary of 9/11 usually it's the NYPD.. though I do see the CG out too.
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Once you pass Groton and EB on the Thames River (CT), heading under the 95 bridge you'll come to the New London sub base. Your life will be complete once you've experienced extremely motivated, highly trained US Navy Seal Shore Patrol armed with side arms and automatic weapons, with their weaponized overpowered shore boats, who with steeled deliberation and fortitude plant themselves squarely in your course (just to let you know they're there) to "escort" you, your boat and crew past the base. Makes me glad they work for us. The USCG doesn't have the pucker factor these boys possess; thank you G_d.
A number of years ago, before 9/11 My Brother was stationed at Groton.
The navy has a nice little golf course there and some sailboats you can rent. We took a sailboat out one day. My brother was fishing and napping, I guess I got too close to the Sub Pens for his comfort. He woke up, yelling get the H out of here! they'll shoot 1st..ask questions later..
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Re: Nuclear s(n)ubs

I kinda like the idea that the US navy uses the psychological intimidation thing in it's encounters. But really, in our own waters, would it be so damaging to their image to respond to one of their fellow citizens?

Even a short, cryptic message acknowledging the sailboats existence would be better than a complete snub.

And as far as who they work for; aren't we still "we the people"?
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Due to the nature of submarine lanes 99% of the time they are required to not broadcast in them (and if its on the surfaces odds are heavy its in one). Its an operational security thing, they have declared the lane unsafe and sent boats back out due to idle chatter on it and resulting extra small boat traffic around a sub lane.
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