Founded in 1976 in honor of the American Bicentennial, Flotilla 4-76 has never tired in its devotion to duty. Flotilla members educate the public boaters of Philadelphia and its surrounding waters, perform maritime observation patrols to ensure safety in the world’s largest freshwater port, and provides advanced training for any and all Auxiliarists in the area. Flotilla 4-76 is also one of the most diverse Flotillas in the Auxiliary thanks to its location in the beautiful City of Philadelphia, the Cradle of Liberty
We are the civilian volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. We are also the nation’s premier volunteer maritime search and rescue organization. More specifically we are people just like you: teachers, students, mechanics, retirees, even politicians and military members. We are people of all ages, races, creeds, and genders united by one thing: our desire to serve our country through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Our flotilla is known throughout the region as the place to go for member training. 4-76 hosts the Weekend College, a repository for advanced Auxiliary specialty training. We are also heavily involved in public education and provide boat crew for Division 4 operations and SARDET Wilmington. In the coming years, 4-76 wants to improve its online presence, build a communications and in-house boat crew program, as well as become the premier crew school in the 5NR. We also aim to become the go-to source for boating safety in Philadelphia.
Flotilla 4-76 meets every fourth Tuesday of every month. We meet at 1930 (7:30 PM) and the meetings usually last an hour, although sometimes they run longer. Meetings are located in the United States Coast Guard building at 1 Washington Ave, Philadelphia PA 19147. This meeting is open to the public. Flotilla meetings consist of fellowship, settling of business, swearing in of new members, and the issuance of awards. Uniform of the day is Tropical Blue from 1 April to 31 October or Winter Dress Blues from 1 November through 31 March. Civilian clothes may be worn year-round but uniforms are preferred for morale.
Parking is usually available on base, and there is additional parking across Delaware Ave in the shopping plaza.
All guests are reminded that this is an active USCG facility and you must provide identification to the Quarterdeck upon entry. Be courteous and respectful, and when in uniform be sure to salute officers outdoors, ensure your uniform is sharp, and not to wander into restricted areas without permission and/or an escort.
Flotilla 2-76 are the Guardians of the Cradle of Liberty. We are proud to be the premier flotilla in the birthplace of our beloved country, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We are also Semper Paratus, which is Latin for always ready.
We share our core values with the United States Coast Guard.
Honor: Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our personal actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust. Honesty means being forthright and truthful when we interact with others in the performance of our assigned tasks. We will bring problems forward as soon as they are identified, and not attempt to misrepresent our errors or evade their consequences. We must always own our mistakes as well as our successes, and demonstrate good faith in our efforts to learn from them.
Respect: We value our diverse work force. We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion. We encourage individual opportunity and growth and promote creativity through empowerment. We work as a team and take pride in our workplace.
Devotion to Duty: We are professionals, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. We are here to serve and do so with pride.
Every member of the Coast Guard, Active Duty, Reserve, Auxiliary, or Civilian lives by this ethos:
I am a Coast Guardsman.
I serve the people of the United States.
I will protect them.
I will defend them.
I will save them.
I am their shield.
For them I am Semper Paratus.
I live the Coast Guard core values.
I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.
We are the United States Coast Guard