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Port Security Unit 313
(PSU-313)

Port Security Unit (PSU) 313 was commissioned Dec. 12, 1998. PSU 313 is deployable to anywhere in the world and is self sustainable for 30 days. It has a command and control staff in addition to the divisions for boats, security, communications, weapons, engineering, logistics, food service and a 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 is deployable anywhere in the world and maintains port security both during wartime and peacetime. PSU 313 can respond to any occupied foreign port and conduct security operations. PSU 313 can also maintain security for homeland ports when necessary.

PSU 313 provided security for the World Trade Organization Conference in Seattle in 1999. The newly formed, PSU 313 has been deployed to both Haiti and the Middle East, and has participated in three major exercises.

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 has deployed from McChord Air Force Base on the weekend of February 15 en route to the Central Command area of operations to support Operation Enduring Freedom, the Global War on Terrorism and any future contingencies. The final destination of the approximately 120 active-duty and reserve unit members is not being disclosed for operational security reasons. The majority of PSU 313 personnel are reserve members who were called to active duty February 8, 2003.



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