U.S. Coast Guard establishes Marine Safety Detachment in Nags Head – OBX Today

U.S. Coast Guard members attend a ceremony in Nags Head, North Carolina, June 5, 2023. Detached Duty Nags Head was disestablished and Marine Safety Detachment Nags Head was formally established. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Robert Harclerode)

The United States Coast Guard held a ceremony in Nags Head on Monday to establish Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Nags Head, replacing Sector Field Office Cape Hatteras.

This change allows the unit to efficiently use resources to focus on the marine safety mission, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

MSD Nags Head, located in the same offices at the Nags Head Professional Center on West Wood Hill Drive as the former Sector Field Office, oversees safety and security regulatory compliance for 54 vessels home-ported along the Outer Banks, drydock operations at the state’s largest shipyard, four Maritime Transportation Security Act facilities and over 1,300 commercial fishing vessels.

Establishing MSD Nags Head does not affect any surrounding units’ ability to maintain mission readiness and operational capabilities or require any relocation of operational assets.