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Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 to deploy overseas


Media availability scheduled for 10-11 a.m. tomorrow at the Naval Reserve Center, Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. - Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 will deploy from McChord Air Force Base this weekend en route 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.

"Our unit members are highly trained and very motivated," said Cmdr. Rickey Thomas, PSU 313's commanding officer. "Our readiness for this deployment is an indication of the Coast Guard's continuing commitment to safeguarding our nation both at home and abroad."

PSU 313 is a deployable unit organized for sustained operations to support military missions worldwide. Members of PSU 313 train in specialized combat, weapons and boat skills to ensure waterside security and maritime force protection in support of the Department of Defense. PSU 313 patrolled the waters of Puget Sound with other Coast Guard assets immediately following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Coast Guard PSUs have previously been called for service in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Desert Storm (the Persian Gulf War) and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.

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