Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Schedules Change of Command

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a ceremony Tuesday to mark the change of command of Maritime Safety and Security Team Anchorage, which serves Alaska and is located here.

Lt. Cmdr. Troy Vest will succeed Lt. Cmdr. Steven Bosau as commanding officer of the unit.

Bosau has served as commanding officer of MSST Anchorage since its commissioning in July 2004. Under his leadership the unit was rapidly commissioned and reached Initial Operating Capability a full six months ahead of Pacific Area’s goal. MSST Anchorage initiated port security operations within three Coast Guard Districts that served as the model for Pacific Area ports. Bosau directed participation in scores of joint training sessions and operations with three branches of the Armed Forces, the Southeast Asian navy, Canadian Coast Guard, and 21 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The unit performed 21 major deployments, five military outloads, and countless presentations to dignitaries. During operations Bosau guided the crafting and delivery of maritime law enforcement services via Department of Defense aircraft to overcome the vast distances in Alaska and reaching other parts of the country saving the Coast Guard more than $3.2 million.

Bosau’s previous assignment was as a company officer at the Coast Guard Academy in New Haven, Conn. Prior to that he served at law enforcement units and was involved in drug and migrant interdiction operations in the Southern Coastal United States. Bosau is departing the unit to serve at the Headquarters Planning Team in Washington D.C.

“I’m extremely proud to have served alongside these incredibly talented and dedicated individuals,” said Bosau.

Lt. Cmdr. Troy Vest is coming to the unit from the position of Coast Guard Liaison to the U.S. Embassy Narcotics Affairs Section in Lima, Peru. He has previous experience aboard cutters, two tours at the Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team and one tour at the District 11 command center. Vest graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., with a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2005.

Maritime safety and security teams were created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) 2002, in direct response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and are a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s layered strategy directed at protecting our seaports and waterways. Crews provide waterborne and shoreside antiterrorism force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels and critical infrastructure. The team is a quick response force capable of rapid, nationwide deployment via air, ground or sea transportation in response to changing threat conditions and evolving maritime homeland security mission requirements. Multi-mission capability facilitates augmentation for other selected Coast Guard missions.

Maritime safety and security team personnel receive training in advanced tactical boat operations and anti-terrorism/force protection at the Special Missions Training Center located at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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