Coast Guard Reservists Hone Expeditionary Skills at Whidbey Island

Coast Guard Alaska NewsWHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – Members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313 will perform a portion of their annual training at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Seaplane Base and adjacent Crescent Harbor July 11-13, 2014.

After convoying to the Island from the unit’s homeport at Naval Station Everett, Wash., the members will set up a camp, conduct security patrols, and simulate medical casualties to train caring for wounded members in remote settings. Three of the unit’s six Transportable Port Security Boats will establish radio communications with the camp and train in Crescent Harbor on Saturday simulating coordinated shoreside and waterborne port security as they would typically employ while deployed outside the United States in a joint environment.

POHANG, South Korea- A boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313, from Everett, Wash., conducts a security patrol in a 4th generation, 32-foot transportable security boat (TSB) off the coast of Dogu beach in support of exercise Foal Eagle, April 21, 2013. Exercise Foal Eagle, as a bi-annual combined and joint unit tactical field training exercise, provides valuable military training based on realistic requirements and missions expected of the Republic of Korea and U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith)

In this file photo a boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313, from Everett, Wash., conducts a security patrol in a 4th generation, 32-foot transportable security boat (TSB) off the coast of Dogu beach in support of exercise Foal Eagle, April 21, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith)

“Training in a realistic environment such as on Whidbey Island and in the surrounding waters, and with unit equipment that would be employed by our members, builds proficiency for us to accomplish our worldwide security missions in support of national defense,” said Capt. Dan Clark, Port Security Unit 313’s commanding officer.

It is important the unit trains for real life situations and NASWI is an ideal location to practice our port security waterside and landside security missions. The simulated expeditionary environment there allows the members to practice with their equipment including setting up tents, power, and communications and exercising their skills in engineering, logistics, landside and waterside security, coordinated communications from land to afloat assets, and leadership/followership. The security members will train with real weapons that the unit maintains however, no live or blank rounds will be used during this training event. Using the actual weapons members will be issued during deployment allows for training with the real weight and size and ingrains responsibility for equipment.

Port Security Unit is comprised of Coast Guard active duty and reserve members from the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana and California Like the other seven U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Units nation-wide, PSU 313 provides security and protects military and critical infrastructure from acts of terrorism, sabotage, espionage, subversion and direct attack. PSUs employs waterborne and shoreside force protection through their personnel and assets. They can conduct port and harbor operations, security, and defense in support of Department of Defense Combatant Commander operations as well as domestic contingency operations worldwide. These operations are typically achieved through three distinct types of mission sets: Point Defense, Port Security and Harbor Control.

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