Monthly Archives: May 2006

Chesapeake Bay Military Security Zones

May 2006 Soundings

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, security got a whole lot tighter around the many military bases and facilities on the Chesapeake Bay. Boaters are required to keep at least 500 yards away from U.S. Navy ships and other strategic facilities, and in some particularly tight quarters — notably the Norfolk Naval Base in the Elizabeth River — that has led to tense and potentially deadly confrontations.

Since most recreational boaters appear to have no clue what their obligations are on the water, this article in the May 2006 issue of Soundings was written to clarify the rules: Who’s supposed to do what.