Reservist

ISS1 2019

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Maritime security operations conducted in Papua New Guinea Story by Petty Ofcer 1st Class Matthew Masaschi, PACAREA Public Affairs In December, Coast Guard service members loaded up six small boats and accompanying equipment onboard the USS Green Bay in Townsville, Australia, for transport back to the United States. The load out follows the Coast Guard's recent deployment to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea where 94 Coast Guard personnel logged more than 2,000-underway hours providing round-the-clock maritime security during the 2018 Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders Week, Nov. 12-18. The high-profile summit was attended by leaders and senior officials from 21 nations, including Vice President Mike Pence representing the United States. A first-of-its kind memorandum of understanding signed by U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray and PNG Police Commissioner Gary Baki provided temporary authority for the Coast Guard to deploy small boats and specialized members as part of an adaptive force package (ADF) that provided port security, waterside protection, and anti-terrorism capabilities prior to and during the summit. Operating under the control of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the ADF worked in cooperation with PNG's Joint Security Task Force and the Australian Defense Forces. The ADF was led by Port Security Unit 305, based in Fort Eustis, Va., and included reserve and active duty service members from PSU 301 based in Cape Cod, Mass., PSU 308 based in Kiln, Miss., and PSU 313 based in Everett, Wash., along with Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu, MSST Seattle, MSST San Francisco, and MSST Los Angeles/ Long Beach. "As a global leader in maritime law enforcement and port security, the U.S. Coast Guard was proud to work with the PNG Joint Security Task Force and our Pacific partners to ensure safety and security throughout the APEC Economic Leaders Week," said Cmdr. Michael McCarthy, commanding officer of PSU 305. The deployed service members and their international partners conducted waterway security at three separate maritime restricted areas around Port Moresby including waterways surrounding the APEC Haus, the main venue during the summit, and several cruise ships, which served as lodging for global leaders, and dignitaries during the summit. Throughout the deployment, the ADF operated from the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Adelaide , a 757-ft long Australian Amphibious Assault Ship equipped with a well deck that allowed for launching and recovering the Coast Guard's six 32- foot transportable port security boats. Coast Guard personnel participated with their international partners in a Remembrance Day Ceremony Nov. 11 commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WWI on the Adelaide's helicopter landing deck. The APEC security mission is one of several recent joint operations conducted by the Coast Guard in the Western Pacific. A Coast Guard Port Security Boat from PSU 305 heads back to the Australian Navy ship, HMAS Adelaide in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea during round-the-clock maritime security during the 2018 Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders Week. Photo by CPOIS Martin Cameron, Royal Australian Navy. Cmdr. Michael McCarthy chats with Capt. O'Grady (ADF JTF) and Lt. Cmdr. Gray (CO of the HMNZS Otago) on the •ight deck of the HMAS Adelaide. Photo by Chief Petty Of–cer Martin Cameron, Royal Australian Navy. 14 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2019

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