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Press Release | June 14, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 returns home after 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ​

WHO: Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 and families.

WHAT: Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 returns home and reunites with families after their fifth and final deployment in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2023, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Woodlands Hotel & Suites 105 Visitors Center Dr., Williamsburg, VA 32185

Editor’s Note: For media interested in attending please RSVP with Lt. Lexy Trypuc at 516-641-7744 no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2023.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 305 servicemembers are scheduled to returned home following a 9-month deployment to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, where the unit served as the Maritime Security Detachment (MARSECDET) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

This was the PSU's fifth and final port security mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF GTMO). PSU 305 was the first PSU to deploy to Guantanamo in 2002 to stand up the MARSECDET shortly after the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

Coast Guard PSUs and Maritime Safety and Security Teams have provided maritime Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) for JTF GTMO as a part of the Global War on Terror. After 21 years, Coast Guard priorities are evolving, requiring the PSUs to perform their ATFP duties in new operational theaters. 

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