The U.S. Coast Guard held a ceremony in Nags Head on Monday, June 5, to establish the new Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Nags Head, which replaces Sector Field Office Cape Hatteras.
Per a press release issued by the Coast Guard, this change allows the unit to efficiently use resources to focus on its continuing marine safety mission.
MSD Nags Head oversees safety and security regulatory compliance for 54 U.S. vessels, drydock operations at the state’s largest shipyard, four Maritime Transportation Security Act facilities, and over 1,300 commercial fishing vessels. They inspect the nation’s largest ferry fleet, and manage marine casualty investigations of credentialed U.S. mariners.
Per the Coast Guard, establishing MSD Nags Head does not affect any surrounding units’ ability to maintain mission readiness and operational capabilities, and it does not require any relocation of operational assets.