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August 23, 2013

San Pedro-based unit returns from nine-month deployment

Members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 return home to their families and friends from a nine-month deployment where they provided maritime security in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Aug. 15, 2013. Port Security Unit 311 is designed for rapid deployment and sustained operations to provide port security in support of regional combatant commands outside of the continental United States and in its territorial waters. The unit is capable of immediate recall and can be anywhere in the world, mission ready, within 96 hours.

 

The San Pedro, Calif., based Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 311 returned home Aug. 15, from a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.

During the deployment, PSU 311 successfully maintained a continuous maritime anti-terrorism/force protection presence in the Naval Defensive Sea Area of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba directly supporting the Commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the men and women of PSU 311 during this highly successful deployment,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. John M. Caraballo, commanding officer of PSU 311. “Every day, they exhibited the utmost in professionalism and excellence in action setting the standard in the joint task force. I am extremely honored to serve with each and every one of them in their service to our great nation.”

PSU 311 operated and conducted joint training with elements of JTF GTMO, Guantanamo Naval Harbor Defense Unit and the Marine Corps Security Force Company all jointly responsible with providing anti-terrorism/force protection of the Guantanamo Bay Naval reservation and adjoining waters.
 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Gavin of Port Security Unit 311 poses with his loved one after returning home from a nine month deployment where he helped provide maritime security in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Aug. 15, 2013. Port Security Unit 311 is designed for rapid deployment and sustained operations to provide port security in support of regional combatant commands outside of the continental United States and in its territorial waters. The unit is capable of immediate recall and can be anywhere in the world, mission ready, within 96 hours.

 
“The seamless integration and outstanding working relationship with our Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force counterparts enabled us to conduct this joint service mission with great success,” Caraballo said. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our families and friends back home for their unmatched support. Every day they inspired our vigilance and will always be our heroes.”

Established in June 1995 as a Coast Guard Reserve unit, PSU 311 is an expeditionary warfare unit specializing in maritime anti-terrorism/force protection and port security in support of military or humanitarian operations worldwide. The unit has a proud operational heritage including deployments to Bahrain, Kuwait, and Iraq providing force protection for U.S. and coalition supply and warships as well as critical infrastructure in support of Operations’ Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

 

A patrol boat manned by members of Port Security Unit 311 deployed to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, escorts the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf as it sails into Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, June 20, 2013.




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