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Port Security Unit 307

Port Security Unit 307 is located in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Co-located with Group St. Petersburg in Bayboro Harbor, on the west side of Tampa Bay. This location provides the unit a year around training environment. Additionally, Tampa Bay will make an excellent area in which to conduct all forms of waterside training. The unit also leases warehouse space from the Port of St. Petersburg.

Commissioned in May, 1999, PSU 307 is still the youngest Port Security unit.

Following the attack on the USS Cole in the Yemen, members of the unit deployed to Bahrain for Operation Southern Watch. After a brief respite and return to civilian occupations, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 catapulted the unit into action. Deployed to the port of Boston for ninety days, the unit participated in Operation Noble Eagle. Seven months later, they were on their way to Cuba.

About 100 unit members were deployed Jun. 10 2002 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. They provided command and control in the form of waterborne and shoreside security for Guantanamo Bay where al-Qaida and Taliban detainees from Afghanistan and other countries are being held. Though fully prepared for deployment, members of PSU 307 were gone longer this time than on any previous mission. Their homecoming Monday was a long-anticipated event.

Though deployed several times in the past, this was the longest mission served by PSU 307.

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 traveled to Ash Shyuabah Jan. 29, 2004 to safeguard the vital supply chain as it transitions from ship to shore and prepares for the journey north to Iraq. Having replaced PSU 208, PSU 307 will remain on station to safeguard to port of Ash Shyuabah.

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