Port Security Unit 311 – The Mission in Kuwait

KUWAIT NAVAL BASE, Kuwait — The U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311, based out of San Pedro, Calif. deployed to the Kuwaiti Naval Base Dec. 4, with the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron One (MSRON ONE) as part of the Combined Task Group 56.5, under the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command.

MSRON ONE’s mission is to protect the Kuwaiti ports, and all the high value U.S. cargo for Operation Iraqi Freedom coming in and out of theatre, so that supplies can get to the Soldiers, Marines and Sailors throughout the Middle East.

Combined Task Group 56.5 is comprised of MSRON ONE, PSU 311, Communications division 52, Communications Detachment 521, and Sensor Detachment 522, from San Diego, Boat Division 56 and Boat Detachment 562 from Seal Beach, Calif., Boat Detachment 932 from Portland Ore., and Security Detachment 31 from San Antonio Texas.

CTG 56.5 is charged with providing harbor defense and port security to Kuwait and Iraq’s seaward approaches and waterways including the Iraqi Oil Platforms, and to provide force protection and escort services to designated assets transiting choke points and in ports.

MSRON ONE embodies the 13th detachment of Maritime Expeditionary Security Forces that have been deployed the 5th Fleet area of operations since the war began.

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