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The Long Blue Line: PATFORSWA – largest Coast Guard unit outside the US

North Arabian Gulf - Coast Guardsmen onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Boutwell chat on the flight deck following refueling operations at sunset March 23, 2003.

Naval operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom began with the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2002. The Navy drew on its plans for combat operations in Iraq, and in September 2002, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command requested U.S. Coast Guard support for combat operations.

Shipmate of the Week – Lt. j.g. Allison Murray


As executive officer of a patrol boat operating throughout U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, Lt. j.g. Allison Murray was all set for some “R&R.” Murray was headed Colombo, Sri Lanka, and was excited to travel and gain new experiences. Her flight to Sri Lanka was mostly uneventful as Murray tried her best to doze off. That all changed during the final descent.

Adm. Papp’s Arabian Gulf visit highlights maritime governance

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (left) meets with NAVCENT Commander Vice Adm. John Miller (center) and Deputy NAVCENT Commander Rear Adm. James Loeblein in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 20, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Commandant of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently visited the Kingdom of Bahrain for an annual visit to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and to meet with key maritime partners.

Coast Guard Cutter Maui rescues Iranian mariners in the Gulf

While operating in the northern waters of the Gulf, a small vessel capsized in a remote area leaving five Iranian mariners stranded with no one to rescue them. This was the scenario these men faced prior to their chance discovery by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui. Rescue did not come to their aid until this 110-foot Coast Guard cutter happened to come across the mariners whose lives were saved by the quick-thinking Coast Guard crew. The crew, who had trained intensely for such a situation, swiftly moved into action in the early morning hours of Oct. 11, while assigned to Combined Task Force 152.

Shipmate of the Week – ET2 Jerry Engelman

ET2 Engelman

The U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have made contributions in nearly every U.S. conflict since the Constitution became the law of the land. Joining that long tradition of service in defense of the homeland is the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Adak. Adak, one of six Coast Guard patrol boats in the region – part of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside the United States – focuses on maritime security, infrastructure protection, military-to-military assistance and supporting exercises in the Persian Gulf, U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

Adm. Papp spends Thanksgiving in Bahrain with Coast Guardsmen, meets with U.S. and Bahraini officials

ADM Papp aboard CGC Aquidneck

Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp visited Bahrain last week, the second leg of a series of official visits to meet with partner organizations and Coast Guardsmen stationed or deployed overseas.

Shipmate of the Week – AUX Mary DeSena

Mary DeSena

Auxiliarist Mary DeSena works with crews in Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain. Photo courtesy of Steven Evenstad. Co-authored by Auxiliarist Steven Evenstad. It was May 2009 when Mary “Dazy” DeSena ventured down to Lake Michigan’s shoreline with her family. The DeSenas, a Navy family, were stationed at U.S. Naval Station Great Lakes at

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From Land of the Midnight Sun to the Middle East

MKC Devin

After nearly three years serving aboard Alaska-based Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore, Chief Petty Officer Jason Devin – a chief machinery technician and command chief for the cutter – recently traded Cordova’s cold, snowy winter for a hot, sandy summer, as he arrived as the engineer petty officer aboard cutter Wrangell, currently stationed with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, Bahrain.

Shipmate of the Week – Deployed servicemembers

Petty Officer 2nd Class Brodie MacDonald (left) explains how to secure line around a bollard, while Seaman David Killough (center) demonstrates wrapping the line, during a professional exchange with Iraqi Navy sailors aboard Coast Guard Cutter Adak in Umm Qasr, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2011. Adak was the first U.S. military ship to make a port

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Adm. Papp reviews mission of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Adm. Papp reviews mission of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp visited Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain, this week to learn more about the unit’s evolving mission in support of U.S. naval forces in the region and meet with Coast Guard personnel. This coordination is critical to the Coast Guard’s continued support, as part of the combined armed forces in the area, to protect U.S. national interests.