Clearwater Coast Guard unit returning home after 6-month deployment

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 are scheduled to return following a six-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Sunday.

More than 80 PSU 307 personnel were deployed to Guantanamo Bay in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During their deployment, they utilized their skills and expertise to conduct anti-terrorism and force protection for U.S. operations by using a variety of boats, weapons and tactics. PSU members are trained to provide waterborne and land-based protection for shipping and critical port facilities throughout the world.

Family and friends of PSU 307’s crew, along with Rear Adm. Thomas Atkin, commander of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group, will welcome home the PSU members. The DOG was created July 20, 2007, and it aligned all Coast Guard deployable specialized forces under a single unified command, headed by Atkin. the command provides organized, equipped and trained forces to Coast Guard and inter-agency operational and tactical commanders. The deployable, specialized forces consist of 27 Coast Guard units that are primarily law-enforcement, tactical and port security units including PSU 307.

PSU 307 personnel have been deployed five times since 2001. Following the attacks on the USS Cole in Yemen, PSU 307 members deployed to Bahrain in February 2001 for 11 months for Operation Southern Watch. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, catapulted the unit into action in the port of Boston for 90 days for Operation Noble Eagle. In June 2002, they were deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, for six months again as part of Operation Noble Eagle. The team most recently deployed in 2005 to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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