Coast Guard Port Security Units return home from deployment to Haiti

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Crewmembers from multiple Coast Guard port security units returned home Thursday after a 37-day deploymet in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The 118 crewmembers from port security units (PSU) in Clearwater, Everett, Wa., and San Pedro, Calif., provided security while several Coast Guard units re-established the port in Port-au-Prince.

While there, the PSU members also volunteered with local orphanages to provide medical attention and medicine to injured Haitians and helped to rebuild a hospital in Petionville, Haiti.

PSU crewmembers also transported numerous injured Haitians to various medical stations to receive much-needed medical care and repaired two Haitian coast guard boats.

“We are very proud of the men and women that make up these port security units,” said Lt. Sandor Schump, PSU 307’s logistics officer.  “The fact that not only were they able to deploy within 48 hours, but what they have done for the people in Haiti is as equally impressive.”

Coast Guard PSUs are a deployable unit organized for worldwide operations. They have the ability to deploy within 96 hours and establish operations within 24 hours following activation. They provide waterborne and land-based protection for shipping and critical port facilities. As a part of the Deployable Operations Group, the Coast Guard’s eight PSU’s focus primarily on port security and defense operations, and are made up largely of reservist personnel.

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