Port Security Unit 301 Returning after 6 Months in Cuba

BOSTON – A Cape Cod-based Coast Guard port security unit is scheduled to return to Otis Air National Guard Base Friday following a six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism as part of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Port Security Unit (PSU) 301 is scheduled to arrive at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod at 1 p.m. Friday. The 53-member detachment will be met by family members and friends awaiting their return just in time for the summer.

PSU 301 arrived in Guantanamo Bay, Dec. 1, 2006, to provide Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection on the waters of Guantanamo Bay, security and transportation for distinguished visitors, and security for other JTF Guantanamo Bay operations.

PSU 301 draws members from throughout the New England states as well as New York and New Jersey and was commissioned Aug. 20, 2005. This was the unit’s first deployment.

“The fine men and women of PSU 301 distinguished themselves and were repeatedly commended for their professionalism and dedication to the mission,” said Cdr. Steve Little, commanding officer of PSU 301. “I could not be more proud of them. It was an honor to lead them on this deployment.”

Coast Guard port security units are staffed primarily with Coast Guard Reserve members. Upon assignment to a PSU, members are required to complete intensive training in tactical combat skills, similar to those used by the Army and Marine Corps.

All of the Coast Guard’s port security units are prepared to deploy within 96 hours of notification and to be fully operational within 24 hours after arrival. Their primary mission is to provide waterborne and limited land-based protection for shipping and critical port facilities both in the United States and overseas.

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