Deployable Specialized Forces Stem to Stern Review update

Maritime Safety and Security Team 91106 protects G8 Summit

Maritime Safety and Security Team 91106 patrols the Savannah River while a commercial vessel passes through the security zone during the 2004 G8 Summit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dana Warr.

Admiral Bob Papp

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces such as the Maritime Security Response Team, Maritime Safety and Security Teams, Tactical Law Enforcement Teams, Port Security Units and Regional Strike Teams located throughout the country, are part of the service’s Maritime Trident of forces that also include shore-based forces and maritime patrol forces. Shore-based forces include Coast Guard stations located around the country and maritime patrol forces include Coast Guard cutters and aircraft.

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Coast Guard has evolved considerably including a large expansion in Deployable Specialized Forces. After more than seven years from the initial stand-up of the Marine Safety and Security Team program, the Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Bob Papp ordered a review of Deployable Special Forces capabilities to ensure doctrine and policy were aligned to meet operational requirements and sustain proficiency.

Atlantic Strike Team members in safety suits

Two Atlantic Strike Team members enter a "hot zone" during a hazardous materials investigation in this file photo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brent Erb.

The results of the review announced today by Admiral Bob Papp in a message to all hands will guide future Coast Guard efforts to sustain mission excellence and proficiency by fully integrating the expanded Deployable Specialized Forces with other Coast Guard forces while filling their vital roles defending America’s maritime borders, ensuring the safety of shipping that fuels our economy and responding to disasters. While the recommendations do not grow the service’s Deployable Specialized Forces, they will adjust existing resources and policy to ensure the service has the capabilities needed to counter all hazards and threats, including terrorism, and to defend America’s maritime borders and waterways.

Atlantic Strike Team member

Petty Officer 1st Class Quoen Harris of Atlantic Strike Team takes a sample at an oil spill site in Hurricane Katrina affected southeast Louisiana in this file photo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Mariana O'Leary.

“I am proud of the Coast Guardsmen in the Deployable Specialized Forces community,” said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp. “By their professionalism and achievements, they continue the rich heritage of those who have gone before us. Coast Guardsmen assigned to the DSF community fill a unique and vital role defending America’s maritime borders, ensuring the safety of shipping that fuels our economy and responding to disasters. They require the Service’s total commitment to prepare and lead them to conduct operations in dangerous and high-risk environments. If we’re going to perform those operations—and we are—we’re going to do it right.”

In response to the findings of the review, Admiral Papp is directing several actions, which can be read here.

Plans to carry out these changes will be created by an implementation team to be chartered by the Coast Guard’s Deputy Commandant for Operations, Vice Admiral Brian Salerno.

Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91105

Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 patrols the San Francisco Bay in this file photo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Hauck.

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3 Responses

  1. Kim Pickerill says:

    WAY TO GO! You guys make this old ‘coastie’ PROUD! Always Vigilant, Semper Paratus!

  2. wade says:

    does anyone have any info on how to get a recruiters info to join up. I would like to find out more info on the tactical security or maritime security teams. thank you

  3. LT Stephanie Young says:

    Wade,

    Thanks for reaching out. You can find out where your nearest recruiting station is and how to get in touch with them at the Coast Guard recruiting website. Click here to be taken there.

    Best of luck!

    Very Respectfully,
    Lt. Stephanie Young
    Coast Guard Public Affairs