Coast Guard Reserve unit deploys to Middle East

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — A local Coast Guard Reserve unit deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom Wednesday.

During the deployment, Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 will provide 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,” said Cmdr. Michael Ferullo, the commanding officer of PSU 305. “With the utmost proficiency and professionalism, they dedicated themselves to preparing for this deployment.”

Prior to deploying, PSU 305 mobilized to complete training with the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Squadron to increase interoperability and cooperation between the two sea services. During the exercise, they protected a mock forward operating base and responded to scenarios ranging from protests to terrorist attacks.

“Our seamless integration and work with our Navy counterparts enables us to conduct this joint service mission,” Ferullo said.

The unit also participated in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, a Department of Defense-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Through Yellow Ribbon events, service members and loved ones connect with local resources before, during and after deployments.

PSU 305 provides security and protects military personnel and facilities from terrorism, sabotage, espionage, subversion, and attack. The unit has a proud operational heritage, including securing New York Harbor after 9/11 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. The DOG provides properly equipped, trained and organized deployable specialized forces to the Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and interagency operational and tactical commanders.

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