North Carolina, New River and ICW Firing Exercises

Written by Chuck Baier
September 29, 2021

1. THE RESTRICTED AREAS IN THE NEW RIVER, AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE CHART 11542 THAT WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION BECAUSE OF STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:

STONE CREEK SECTOR      12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
STONE BAY SECTOR        12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
WEST OF THE 77 (DEG) 26 (MIN) LONGITUDE LINE.
THE RESTRICTED AREAS THAT MAY BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION BECAUSE OF
FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:
TRAPS BAY SECTOR        12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
COURTHOUSE BAY SECTOR   12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
STONE BAY SECTOR        12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
EAST OF THE 77 (DEG) 26 (MIN) LONGITUDE LINE.
GREY POINT SECTOR       12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
FARNELL BAY SECTOR      SUNRISE TO SUNSET – DAILY
MORGANS BAY SECTOR      SUNRISE TO SUNSET – DAILY
JACKSONVILLE SECTOR     SUNRISE TO SUNSET – DAILY

2. SHIP OPERATIONS CONSISTING OF LANDING CRAFT, AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES, AND HELICOPTERS MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE ONSLOW BEACH OPERATING AREA AND ALL SECTORS OF NEW RIVER TO INCLUDE DIVE OPERATIONS.

3. DUE TO UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE ON BROWNS ISLAND AND IN THE ADJACENT WATERWAYS AND MARSH AREAS, BROWNS ISLAND IS OFF-LIMITS TO ALL UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL.  VESSELS MAY TRANSIT THE SURROUNDING WATERS, HOWEVER, NO VESSEL SHALL BOTTOM FISH OR ANCHOR.

4. MARINERS TRAVELING ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE NEW RIVER BETWEEN STONE BAY AND FARNELL BAY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS SIGN POLES WITHOUT WORKING LIGHTS AND ARE LEANING OR SUBMERGED AS A RESULT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE AND PRESENT HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION. THESE POLES ONCE HAD SIGNS DENOTING AREAS OF CAUTION AROUND THE
STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE AND VERONA LOOP FIRING RANGES.

4.A. SIGNS ARE LOCATED ALONG THE STONE BAY, GREY POINT AND FARNELL BAY SECTORS OF THE NEW RIVER.  MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE IS WORKING TO REPLACE THESE SIGNS.

5. RANGE CONTROL BOATS, MCIE-MCB CAMLEJ NORTH CAROLINA MONITOR CHANNEL 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHZ) AND THE WORKING CHANNEL 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHZ).  RANGE CONTROL CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE AT 910-451-3064 OR 4449.//

Chuck Baier

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