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Patrol Coastal Maintenance Support Teams Hold Facility Ground Breaking Ceremony

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Story Number: NNS080317-13
Release Date: 3/17/2008 3:45:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Remus E. Borisov, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn, commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, broke ground on a new Patrol Coastal Maintenance Facility (PCMF) for the Patrol Coastal Class Squadron (PC CLASSRON) March 17 at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB), Little Creek.

The PC Maintenance Support Teams provide maintenance, logistics and technical support to patrol craft located at NAB Little Creek and Bahrain.

"This facility will improve the maintenance capability for the detachment. It's a more stable workspace," said Capt. Brian Goulding, commander, PC CLASSRON.

The patrol craft offers the Navy the opportunity to engage smaller ships in shallow waters for security operations.

"The PCs provide anti-terrorism/force protection for naval ships and escort commercial ships in and out of U.S. ports," said Lt. Shawn Gibson, officer in charge, PCMF.

The Navy has a partner in maritime operations, the Coast Guard. As the lead agency for maritime homeland security, the Coast Guard is responsible for protecting more than 360 ports and 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline. Together with the Navy and federal, state and local law enforcement, the Coast Guard is conducting its largest port security operation since World War II.

Patrol Crafts traditionally have been used to conduct Naval Special Warfare maritime operations, coastal patrol of foreign shores, surveillance, and shallow-water interdiction operations.

For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/surflant/.



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