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.
With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the War on Terror set in motion dramatic changes to the Coast Guard. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, U.S. ports, waterways, and coastlines were protected primarily by Coast Guard boat stations and cutters. Immediately following September 11, Coast Guard resources were reallocated to fill the additional maritime security functions required in a post-9/11 environment. A variety of new units, like the MSSTs and MSRTs, emerged as part of the Coast Guard’s greatest organizational transformation since World War II.
Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team and the 2016 Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award winners. You don’t want to miss it!
The 2015 Special Duty Assignment Pay levels have been released! Here is what you need to know…
Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, Deployable Operations Group. The scene of a jet crash is covered in foam on Friday, April 6, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos. An off-duty Coast Guard member and Virginia Beach native provided first aid to
The multi-mission Maritime Security Response Team and Maritime Safety and Security Teams of the U.S. Coast Guard provide port safety, security and law enforcement capabilities to America’s ports. Partnerships are important in achieving their mission, and one of these partnerships is with man’s best friend. Canine explosive detection teams are part of the MSRT and
Yesterday, the nation marked the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans. For the people of the Gulf, the men and women of the Coast Guard and the millions tracking the storm, landfall was only the beginning of what would become a major rescue and recovery effort. As we continue to offer reflections
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the CGC Frank Drew in Portsmouth, Virginia yesterday to discuss maritime security and watch the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) demonstrate their counterterrorism and advanced interdiction capabilities. The MSRT was established in 2004 to enhance the national response to weapons of mass destruction incidents. Although the team is