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Coast Guard Evaluating Threat of Attacks

A joint Navy-Coast Guard team is reviewing its tactics for protecting navigation in the Persian Gulf following a suicide attack near an Iraqi oil terminal last month that killed three service members, Coast Guard Commandant Thomas Collins said Wednesday. “There’s less tolerance, more inclination to use force in the security zone,” Collins told a news briefing. On April 24, a small boat approaching the Iraqi Khawr Al Amaya oil terminal exploded as seven U.S. servicemen tried to board it. Killed were Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Bruckenthal of Smithtown, N.Y., the first Coast Guardsman killed in action since the Vietnam War; Navy Petty Officer Michael Pernaselli of Monroe, N.Y.; and Navy Petty Officer Christopher Watts of Knoxville, Tenn. “They saved the platform,” Collins told reporters. Full Story

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