Operation Iraqi Freedom
March 22, 2003
Coast Guard Captures Iraqi Sailors
PERSIAN GULF -- Coast Guard cutter Adak, a 110-foot patrol boat home
ported in Highlands, N.J., captured three Iraqi sailors early yesterday after
they jumped overboard from their patrol boat moments before it was attacked by
The sailors will be processed as enemy prisoners of war.
Approximately 650 Coast Guard men and women are participating in Operation
Iraqi Freedom in the Persian Gulf aboard four patrol boats, a high endurance
cutter, a buoy tender, two law enforcement detachments, two port security units
and a harbor defense command unit.
March 22, 2003
Coast Guard safeguards captured oil
PERSIAN GULF -- members of Coast Guard port Security Units 311 and 313
relieved U.S. Marines earlier today of responsibility for security on two gas
and oil platforms in the Northern Persian Gulf. The Marines had held both
platforms after U.S. Navy SEALS secured them from the Iraqi regime.
Members of PSU 311, from San Pedro, Calif., and PSU 313, from Tacoma, Wash.,
are among the approximately 650 Coast Guard men and women participating in
Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Persian Gulf. In addition to the PSU’s, Coasts
Guardsmen are serving in four patrol boats, a 378-foot high endurance cutter, a
225-foot buoy tender, two law enforcement detachments, elements of the National
Strike Force and a harbor defense command unit.
PSU’s are deployable units organized for sustained operations to support
military missions worldwide. Members in PSU’s train in specialized combat,
weapons and boat skills to ensure waterside security and maritime force
protection in support of the Department of Defense. PSU 311 and PSU 313
patrolled U.S. waters with their armed 25-foot boats along with other Coast
Guard assets immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2002.
Coast Guard PSU’s have previously been called for service in Operation
Noble Eagle, Operation Desert Storm (the Persian Gulf War) and Operation Uphold
Democracy in Haiti. A detachment of PSU 311 deployed to the Persian Gulf from
October 2001 to April 2002 to provide force protection for U.S. and allied
March 21, 2003
Coast Guard Detains Ship With 2
PORTSMOUTH, VA. – The Coast Guard is detaining an 880-foot oil tanker in
the Delaware Bay with two Iraqi national crewmembers aboard.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port in Philadelphia ordered the Qatar-flagged
M/V ALDAWHA to remain at anchor Wednesday evening upon determining
through Advance Notice of Arrival screening that two crewmembers aboard the U.S.
bound ship are Iraqi nationals. A Coast Guard boarding team boarded the ship and
completed an inspection of the ship. The ship remains under the positive control
of an armed Coast Guard boarding team and Department of Homeland Security BICE
officials as an investigation into the status of the crew is ongoing.
Under Operation Liberty Shield, the Coast Guard is
screening and tracking all foreign flagged ship arrivals and increasing port
security boardings of ships before they arrive in U.S. ports. The Coast Guard
has also increased both waterborne and airborne patrols of U.S. ports and
waterways since the DHS threat level was elevated to Orange this week.
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