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New Coastal Warfare Squadron Commissioned

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Story Number: NNS040727-08
Release Date: 7/27/2004 3:10:00 PM

By Journalist 2nd Class Brian Brannon, Naval Media Center Fleet Support Det. 119

NAVAL WEAPONS STATION SEAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- A new port security and harbor defense force was stood up July 24 to support the ongoing global war on terrorism.

Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWRON) 34 was commissioned in a special ceremony at its new headquarters aboard Naval Weapons Station (NAVWPNSTA) Seal Beach, Calif. The organization combines proven anti-terrorism and force protection units from the Coast Guard and Naval Reserve that have recently returned from deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle.

"Every unit in this squadron has been recalled to active duty - and some twice - since Sept. 11," said Capt. Alan C. Painter, deputy commander of Naval Coastal Warfare Group 1.

Harbor Defense Command Unit (HDCU) 114 will serve as the squadron staff. Other components of NCWRON 34 include Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 105 and Inshore Boat Unit (IBU) 16, which are both now based at NAVWPNSTA Seal Beach. The squadron also consists of MIUWU 114, located in Kansas City, Mo., as well as MIUWU 112 and IBU 14, located in St. Louis, Mo. In addition, a small active-duty cadre will serve with the squadron.

"Before Operation Iraqi Freedom, we deployed as a collection of units that worked together as part of the anti-terrorism and force-protection package," said C4I Operations Officer U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. John Garofolo. "They've formalized the structure in which these units will be organized and deployed. Now we will be deploying as a squadron, as opposed to a collection of units."

NCWRON 34 will exercise operational control, training, readiness and administrative oversight of the units under its command. The mission of the MIUWUs and IBUs is to provide seaward surveillance and security to U.S. and allied forces in ports and waterways throughout the world.

"I want to thank all of you for your service to this country in this very pivotal moment in our country's history," U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher said. "We don't take your service for granted, which is why I'm here today."

Rohrabacher presented Congressional Certificates of Recognition to HDCU 114, MIUWU 105 and IBU 16 for their participation in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle.

Capt. Mike Shatynski, commodore of NCWRON 34, also received a Bronze Star for his recent role as force security officer at the port of Ash Shuaybah in Kuwait. Other presentations included Navy Unit Commendations, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals and the Coast Guard 9/11 Ribbon.



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