Port Security Unit 313 welcomed home

Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hoyt, a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, leads the Everett, Wash., based Port Security Unit 313 through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport gates to their families who were waiting inside the terminal.  Hoyt'€™s twin daughters, who he has never seen, were born while PSU 313 was on an extended deployment to the Middle East. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hoyt, a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, leads the Everett, Wash., based Port Security Unit 313 through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport gates to their families who were waiting inside the terminal. Hoyt'€™s twin daughters, who he has never seen, were born while PSU 313 was on an extended deployment to the Middle East. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, public affairs specialist

The Everett, Wash., based Port Security Unit 313 arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Saturday to a standing ovation from airline passengers who were waiting for their flights at the airport gates. Port Security Unit members made their way through the terminal to their families eagerly cheering their return inside the airport’s atrium.

“As soon as you get around the corner [to see your family], you’re just a ball of emotions,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael McQuade, a boatswain’s mate at PSU 313. “No matter how big and tough you are, this is all that matters.”

This joyous homecoming was preceded by a six-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.

During the deployment, PSU 313 personnel provided landward and seaward security at strategic port locations around the North Arabian Gulf ensuring the free flow of personnel, equipment and commerce in the region.

An Everett, Wash., based Port Security Unit 313 member holds his child after returning home from an extended deployment to the Middle East.  While deployed, PSU 313 members provided harbor defense and security to ports, seaward approaches, and waterways within U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility and ensuring the free flow of personnel, equipment and commerce in the region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

An Everett, Wash., based Port Security Unit 313 member holds his child after returning home from an extended deployment to the Middle East. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

The Coast Guard is the recognized leader in port security at home and overseas. Overseas missions are performed primarily by Port Security Units, self-contained units staffed mostly by reservists. PSUs are just one way the Coast Guard adds measurable value to larger national security strategy goals, and their capabilities are an extraordinary force multiplier.

“I am extremely proud of the men and women under my command during this highly successful deployment,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. James B. Andrews, commanding officer of PSU 313.  “They performed their duties with the utmost professionalism and devotion to duty.”

PSU 313 operated and conducted joint training with the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Squadron 3 as part of Combined Task Group 56.5, under the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command. As part of CTG 56.5, PSU 313 worked alongside Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadrons, as well as elements from the U.S. Army’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and Military Sealift Command to provide harbor defense and security to ports, seaward approaches and waterways within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

The deployed Coast Guard men and women provided escort and static waterside security for more than 100 naval vessels and other designated high-value assets. They also participated in real-world evolutions and exercises with the Kuwaiti navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy counterparts building on partner capacity and strengthening our capabilities to integrate as coalition partners.

“Our seamless integration and work with our Navy counterparts enabled us to conduct this joint service mission,” Andrews said. “On a personal level I am grateful for the friendships that were forged on this deployment as well as the constant support of our friends and family back home.”

A Port Security Unit 313 member holds his daughter after returning home from an extended deployment to the Middle East. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

A Port Security Unit 313 member holds his daughter after returning home from an extended deployment to the Middle East. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

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  • Az

    Welcome home everyone!! It’s great to have you back!

  • Ben

    Miss these guys. I had to leave the unit a few months before they deployed. So glad to hear they all made it home safe. Great group of people.

  • GM2 Paulson

    Welcome home PSU 313!

    -GM2 Paulson
    PSU 313 1998-2002

  • Troy

    In addition to the warm welcome PSU 313 received, DoD’s Defense Business Board provided a token of their appreciation by offering to dramatically reduce future retirement benefits to our returning heroes, all for a job well done.

  • Sam

    WELCOME HOME PSU 313!!

    The USCG, I think is the least appreciated among all the military service. Some people don’t even know what the coast guard is, or argue that they are not part of the military, or that they don’t deploy to hostile areas. PSU 313 proved all those people wrong. As a coast guard spouse, I am very proud of my husband and everybody associated with the United States Coast Guard. Keep up the good work.