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.

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

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.

Deployed Coast Guard rigid-hull inflatable boat with World Trade Center burning in background. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: 9/11 and the U.S. Coast Guard

The 2001 terrorist attacks reshaped the Coast Guard, including new homeland security units, alterations in existing Coast Guard units and the transition to a new federal agency. The service’s response demonstrated its flexibility and relevance in the Coast Guard’s greatest transformation since World War II.

PATFORSWA: Guardians of the Arabian Gulf

Today, the Coast Guard is the nation’s oldest continuously serving sea-going service and conducts 11 different missions. One of those missions is Defense Readiness. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia is at the forefront of the Defense Readiness mission. Today, PATFORSWA’s mission is to train, organize, equip, support and deploy mission-ready Coast Guard Forces in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and national security objectives.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Brooks while on deployment. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Shipmate of the Week – IS3 Michael Brooks

Coast Guard intelligence specialists collect, analyze, process and disseminate intelligence in support of Coast Guard missions. While specialists operate in intelligence coordination centers, cryptologic units and various bases nationwide, one Coast Guardsman found himself on a deployment to Afghanistan. Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Brooks was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Cryptologic Support Team 34 from February to July 2013. Seeking out additional opportunities to serve his country with his unique signals intelligence skills, Brooks volunteered for the deployment.

ADM Papp aboard CGC Aquidneck

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

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.

Port Security Unit 313 welcomed home

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 […]