ISS3 2012

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PSUs Begin Transition to New TPSB Coast Guard Port Security Units (PSU) are welcoming a new asset to their arsenal, a 32-foot Generation IV Transportable Port Security Boat (TPSB). The high- performance vessel – powered with Twin 315 Yanmar Diesels and Bravo X-1 outdrives – replaces the PSU's nearly 15-year-old inventory of the 25-foot outboard powered Boston Whalers. The new aluminum-hulled platform will better accommodate the expeditionary nature of the PSU mission of port security, maritime law enforcement, and search and rescue operations by providing better range, versatility and crew comfort than its predecessor. Dz t deϐinitely provides more protection than the old boat," said BM1 Jesse Sandler, a TPSB coxswain and member of PSU 311 based in San Pedro, California. "The overall construction beneϐits the crewǤ e can go a lot faster and a lot farther now." Capable of deploying in coastal areas throughout the world with a crew of four, the Generation IV TPSB is far more comprehensive with its operational parameters. The new boat is designed to reduce crew fatigue by limiting their exposure to the elements and offering shock-mitigating seats. Ballistic Armor Protection and four weapon mounts, offer increased tactical capability and crew safety. An integrated communication system that is noise cancelling over engine roar, high winds, and gunϐire and a cutting edge ͵ navigation system completes the package. "Overall, this new boat is a Cadillac compared to what we're used to," added Sandler. "The improvements made on the Generation IV TPSB have greatly enhanced the capabilities of the Port Security community." Story and photo by PA2 Gina Ruoti PADET Los Angeles A Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 boat crew conducts tactical boat crew training aboard the new Transportable Port Security Boat. *TTVF t ᕇ RESERVIST 5

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