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Mobile Security Squadron 32 Completes CART

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050930-08
Release Date: 9/30/2005 11:00:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class (SW) Nick Young, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors from Mobile Security Detachment (MSD) 32 completed a Command Assessment Readiness and Training (CART) exercise to gain re-certification prior to deployment at Silver Strand Training Center (SSTC), Imperial Beach, Sept. 23.

The exercise focused on MSD’s ability to perform its primary mission of protecting Navy ships in foreign ports and high-value assets on land, such as intelligence collection aircraft.

“This is critical training. It allows us to make sure everything is in place and to find our weaknesses, so we can correct them before deployment,” said Cmdr. Jay Kadowaki, commanding officer, Mobile Security Squadron 3.

MSD 32 started the five-day trial on Pier 12 at Naval Base Coronado, establishing a simulated security perimeter by looking above and below the waterline for mines, improvised explosive devices, or other threats that may be found in a hostile environment.

The next task was to move troops, weapons and supplies to SSTC, where the detachment protected a simulated P-3C Orion. The P-3C is an all-weather aircraft commonly used for airborne reconnaissance.

Standing watch 24 hours a day, Sailors used night vision and thermal imaging equipment to detect possible threats and monitor movement in the area.

“What we do out here is show Sailors everything that mirrors what they may encounter while performing duties deployed or here in the states,” said Senior Chief Electronics Technician (SWCC) William Worswick, of Naval Coastal Warfare Group 1.

“They experience [simulated] protesters, intelligence gathering and attempts to breach camp integrity. Last year when I was in Iraq, we even had some drive-by shootings, so the training [here] is extremely important,” said Worswick.

Mobile security squadrons were incorporated into the fleet in May 2003. The attack on USS Cole (DDG 67) in 2000 and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks prompted the Navy to create deployable force protection detachments to provide security to U.S. assets around the world.

Initially composed of about 2,000 Sailors, the Mobile Security community has since grown to almost 10,000 service members.

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