Coast Guard Security Team Conducts Vertical Insertion

A boarding team member from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston conducts a vertical insertion from an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during an exercise Thursday, March 1, 2007 /></center><br />
A boarding team member from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston conducts a vertical insertion from an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during an exercise Thursday, March 1, 2007.</p>
<p>HOUSTON – The Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston conducted a vertical insertion and full capability exercise onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne in Galveston, Texas, late Thursday afternoon.</p>
<p>Vertical insertion is when boarding team members slide down a rope from a helicopter, hovering 30-40 feet, to a ship.  This capability allows teams to board ships farther out at sea, on short notice and is easier and safer than boarding by small boat in rough seas.</p>
<p>In addition to the semi-annual re-certification of the teams vertical insertion training, they also exercised their ability to secure a ship.  Team members used modified weapons and engaged in fire-fights with role players firing paint-tipped bullets, called simulated ammunitions.</p>
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MSST Galveston (91104) was the fourth unit of its kind commissioned into the Coast Guard in 2002. The unit is capable of performing a variety of missions, including maritime interdictions and law enforcement operations, port security, underwater port security, canine explosives detection and tactical boat operations.

The Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne is a 175-foot buoy tender home ported in Galveston.

Two members of a boarding team from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston are hoisted up into an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after conducting a vertical insertion exercise Thursday, March 1, 2007.

Two members of a boarding team from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston are hoisted up into an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after conducting a vertical insertion exercise Thursday, March 1, 2007.

U.S. Coast Guard Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

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