Coast Guard trains Navy in ship-boarding tactics

Scott Schonauer of Stars and Stripes has an interesting article today.

MANAMA, Bahrain — Boarding a ship is a risky operation. A lot can go wrong quickly, and Navy ship-boarding teams have to be ready for anything, from armed pirates to terrorists.

But nobody does it better than the U.S. Coast Guard, whose experience and expertise at boarding ships big and small are widely regarded as unmatched.

“It’s part of our normal jobs,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey Huff said. “The Coast Guard has always performed boardings.”

That is why the U.S. Navy and countries from the Persian Gulf are turning to the Coast Guard to learn the best techniques and tactics when it comes to boarding a potentially hostile ship.

Read the full story at Stars and Stripes.

H/T Ryan Erickson

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