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Jan 26, 2024  The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) is a subdivision of the United States Coast Guard that deals with all things related to navigation and maritime communications. The following profile contains information about its organization, products, services and mission. You will also find some additional qualifications with links to important aspects of its offerings.


The Navigation Center is the Coast Guard’s center of excellence for systems and policy related to electronic positioning, navigation, and timing. This includes radio navigation, electronic charting, and vessel identification and tracking.


The Navigation Center is a division of  the Unites States Coast Guard which operates under the Department of U.S.  Homeland Security.


The Navigation Center provides services to enhance the safety, security, and efficiency of U.S. waterways, and respond to the needs of civil Global Positioning System (GPS) users. These services include: • Operating the Nationwide Differential GPS (DGPS) System • Operating the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) business helpdesk • Operating the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) • Publishing Notices to Mariners and the Light List • Managing the US Aids to Navigation Information Management System • Managing electronic charting portfolios for U.S. Coast Guard units • Serving as the primary U.S. government interface with GPS users (except aviation and DOD) • Receiving and coordinating investigation of GPS outage reports • Disseminating navigation information through 24/7 operations center and the NAVCEN website


The USCG Navigation center is not only of importance to commercial operations, it provides vital services and information for recreational boaters. It is well worthwhile to spend some time on its website in becoming familiar with its offerings. We encourage our readers to WikiShare any further information or experiences regarding this profile.

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