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MSRON 1 Wraps Up Shark Tank 2011

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110627-23

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arif Patani, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Navy Reserve Sailors from Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadrons (MSRON) 1 and 11 completed the 2nd annual Shark Tank field training exercise on San Clemente Island, Calif., June 27.

Thirteen Navy Reserve detachments from Texas and California participated in the month-long exercise, which focused on multiphase squadron-level expeditionary training and certifications.

"Shark Tank was created to give the opportunity to our Sailors to get all the skills necessary to operate in an expeditionary environment," said MSRON 1 Command Master Chief David Baucom. "Command and control elements, weapons training, convoys, campsite setup, security basics, small boat operations; we incorporated all of those things in this exercise to train our Sailors for those types of operations."

More than 200 Sailors from a variety of Navy backgrounds, participated.

For Personnel Specialist 1st Class Daryl Standifer, the diversity of the expeditionary community and this exercise keeps him coming back, year after year.

"Here, there are a variety of things for me to learn and do," said Standifer. "I generally work in admin, but I may be on the gun range firing weapons one minute, then, next I could be standing watch at an [entry control point], and then I may be on one of our patrol boats helping out with those missions. I'm sure I'm going to be back next year for more Shark Tank."

Shark Tank organizers said the event is still maturing, but the work the Sailors did during the exercise will play an essential role in the future success of the Maritime Expeditionary Security Force (MESF) community.

"It really is a combat mindset," said MSRON 1 Commanding Officer W.K. Dailey. "Our primary missions are port security and harbor patrol. When it comes down to it we need to be equivalent to rear area military police on the land side, as well as being equivalent to harbor police on the seaward side."

"It's a very complicated mission that takes tremendous dedication on the part of our personnel, and I can tell you, we have it," continued Dailey.

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