USCG Port Security Unit 313 to hold Change of Command ceremony

Coast Guard District 13 NewsSEATTLE – A change of command ceremony is scheduled to be held for Port Security Unit 313, a Coast Guard Reserve expeditionary unit, at Naval Station Everett, Wash., Saturday, October 8, 2011.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Daniel W. Clark will assume the responsibilities of PSU 313 commanding officer from Cmdr. James B. Andrews.

PSU 313 returned from their latest deployment under Andrew’s command on Aug, 13, 2011. While deployed to the Middle East, they conducted more than 100 high value asset escorts across the Persian Gulf which ensured the safe passage of more than 3,000 pieces of mission essential equipment into and out of the theater of operations. They also worked jointly with U.S., British and Iraqi forces to maintain 24-hour security and provide 150 personal security details for coalition forces.

Clark is arriving from Marine Security Squadron One where he served as the senior reserve officer and seaward security officer. Previously, he has deployed in support of a variety of operations including to Boston following the 9/11 attacks as Waterborne Security Officer of PSU 307; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the shore-side security officer, to Haiti in support of the United Nation’s stabilization mission and to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area as an incident management watch officer for Hurricane Katrina relief operations.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a custom that is formal and impressive and designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization. The high light/high point/pinnacle of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the new officer directed by proper authority is taking command and an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

Established December 12, 1998, PSU 313 provides security and protects military personnel and facilities from terrorism, sabotage, espionage, subversion, and attack. PSU 313 has a proud operational heritage, including recent security and humanitarian support to Haiti after last year’s devastating earthquake and in support of Operations’ Enduring Freedom, Desert Storm, Noble Eagle and Uphold Democracy. Initially stationed at Camp Patriot Kuwait Naval Base in 2003, PSU detachments provided water and landside security and were stationed on both the Mabot and Kaaot gas and oil platforms to provide security against threats of destruction from Iraq and Iran.

PSUs are a component of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group (DOG). The DOG provides properly equipped, trained, and organized Deployable Specialized Forces (DSFs) to Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and interagency operational and tactical commanders.

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