Coast Guard to perform tactical training in Port Townsend Bay

 SEATTLE – Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313, homeported in Tacoma, Wash., will conduct a boat tactic exercise Friday and Saturday in Port Townsend Bay off the shore of Naval Magazine Indian Island.

The unit is training members for Tactical Boat Crew Qualifications that are necessary to ensure every member has the proper knowledge to perform their important roles in protecting American-occupied waterways and ports.

As part of this training event, the crew members will spend three days living in tents on the island and be required to fire weapons using 7.62mm and .50 caliber blanks.

PSU 313 was commissioned Dec. 12, 1998. They are deployable to anywhere in the world and are self-sustainable for 30 days. The unit has a command and control staff in addition to divisions for boats, security, communications, weapons, engineering, logistics, food service and medical staff. Currently there are six transportable security boats assigned with PSU 313. Transportable security boats are modified 25-foot fiberglass hull boats, also known as piranha.

PSU 313 maintains port security both during wartime and peacetime in any occupied foreign port and homeland ports when necessary. For one year following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, PSU 313 provided security for Naval Magazine Indian Island.

PSUs can deploy within 24 hours and establish operations within 96 hours. They provide waterside protection to key assets such as pier areas, high value vessels, and harbor entrances.

Each PSU is staffed by 140 reservists and 5 active duty personnel. Personnel prepare for contingency operations during weekend drills and normally participate in either an exercise or specialized training during two weeks of annual active duty.

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