Coast Guard - Page 2

February 23rd, 2004  
I think the bigger question is qhether or not Merchant Marines ever see a lick of combat
March 5th, 2004  
Mark Conley

Topic: Merchant Marines

Do Merchant Marines ever see combat?

Well during WW II quite a few saw it. As far as shooting back, they had detachments of gun crews from the navy or other specialized group doing the shooting to defend the ship, but quite a few actually wound up in the water after being torpedoed.

As far as now a days...well, i think that the possibility of subs, and planes, and everything else could make their life a living hell on the seas...I really wouldnt want to be in the Merchant Marine during wartime

March 21st, 2004  
Originally Posted by Redneck
Good stuff, thank you.

Don't the Coasties have a special rescue unit? I doubt if they would fall under SOCOM, but I seem to remember hearing about it somewhere, sort of on the same line as the Parajumpers.
THe USCG used to have a unit based in Portsmouth,VA called the Drug Interdiction Assistance Team (DIAT). It was commanded by a former Navy SEAL, and the units members attended a modified version of Ranger School at Ft. Benning (nosleep or food deprevation). The unit worked with the USBP's BORTAC unit, and the DEA's "Snow Cap" teams in Bolivia. Unfortunately, it was disbanded and reduced in size. it's now called the International Training Team.

The various Port Security Units (PSU) are all assigned to the USCG Reserve. When they are deployed (which happens a lot) they operate under the direct control of the US Navy (normal a Coastal Warfare Command) and work in conjuction with US Navy Inshore Boat Units (IBU), EOD, USMC Security Forces and whatever other naval asssests they deem necessary.

The PSUs receive their traing from the US Navy, USCG, and USMC at Camp Lejune, the US Army at various bases, and the USAF Air Mobility Warfare Center at Ft. Dix New Jersey.

The active duty CG has similar units called Maritime Security and Safety Teams (MSST) that performs a similar function within the US.

They also have a number of Maritime Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) around the country. THey deploy on US Navy and CG ships nad cutters and perform ship boardings and drug/contraband siezures at sea.

The is also a High Speed Persuit Boat unit in Yorktown, VA.
March 26th, 2004  
Thank you for the information.