Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay to be Commissioned

 KINGS BAY, Ga. – The Coast Guard will commission Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU) Kings Bay during a ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Vice Adm. D. Brian Peterman, commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, will preside over the commissioning ceremony which marks the formal establishment of the new unit.

MFPU Kings Bay will provide enhanced security for U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines within the units’ homeport transit areas. These submarines generally operate on the surface with other vessel traffic when entering or departing ship channels leading to their homeport, and the MFPU will provide additional security measures while operating under these conditions.

MFPU Kings Bay is a single-mission unit that has specially trained and equipped Coast Guard personnel to man and operate escort vessels procured by the Navy specifically for that use. Coast Guard personnel have broad law enforcement authority, including the authority to establish, patrol, and enforce exclusionary zones, naval vessel protective zones, restricted navigation areas, and security zones supporting naval operations.

“Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay will provide an invaluable service to the U.S. Navy and our nation through its unique ability to exercise the Coast Guard’s law enforcement authorities while enforcing a naval vessel protective zone,” said Peterman. “Maritime force protection is crucial if our nation’s strategic naval assets are to be able to safely operate in close proximity to vessel traffic in confined bodies of water.”

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