SEATTLE – The Everett, Wash.,-based Coast Guard Port Secuity Unit (PSU) 313 returned, Saturday, from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.
During the deployment, Port Security Unit (PSU) 313 provided landward and seaward security at strategic port locations around the North Arabian Gulf ensuring the free flow of personnel, equipment and commerce in the region.
“I am extremely proud of the men and women under my Command during this highly successful deployment,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. James B. Andrews, commanding officer of PSU 313. They performed their duties with the utmost professionalism and devotion to duty.”
PSU 313 operated and conducted joint training with the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Squadron Three as part of Combined Task Group 56.5, under the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command. CTG 56.5 is charged with providing harbor defense and security to ports, seaward approaches, and waterways within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.
“Our seamless integration and work with our Navy counterparts enabled us to conduct this joint service mission,” Andrews said. “On a personal level I am grateful for the friendships that were forged on this deployment as well as the constant support of our friends and family back home.”
Prior to deployment, PSU 313 was mobilized to complete training with the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Squadron to increase interoperability and corporation between the two sea services.
Established December 12, 1998 as a Coast Guard Reserve unit, PSU 313 provides security and protects military personnel and facilities from terrorism, sabotage, espionage, subversion, and attack. The unit has a proud operational heritage, including recent security and humanitarian support to Haiti after last year’s devastating earthquake; and, in support of Operations’ Enduring Freedom, Desert Storm, Noble Eagle and Uphold Democracy.
PSUs are a component of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group (DOG). The DOG provides properly equipped, trained, and organized Deployable Specialized Forces (DSFs) to Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and interagency operational and tactical commanders.