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Port Security Unit 308

The PSU, commissioned into the Coast Guard in 1991, deployed to the Middle East in March 2002. Approximately 50 members protected American and allied shipping, provided harbor defense and port security to the vessels of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, and trained Navy personnel in port security operations.

PSUs are deployable Coast Guard units primarily composed of Reservists, and are designed to protect against waterborne and overseas threats to our nation's naval assets. These units can deploy anywhere in the world within 96 hours and be operational within 24 hours thereafter. PSU 308 deploys six heavily armed transportable port security boats to provide port and harbor security and can counter surface and sub-surface threats, be they in the form of terrorists, mines or submersible craft.

The members of U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308, based in Gulfport, Miss., returned home at noon March 11, 2004 to Gulfport's Army National Guard Combat Readiness Training Center. The men and women of PSU 308 completed a seven-month deployment, protecting the Port of Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait. At the request of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Commander U.S. Central Command, PSU 308 deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Aug. 14. Their mission was to ensure the safe flow of equipment and supplies through the Port of Ash Shuaiba to coalition forces participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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