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COAST GUARD DEPLOYS ADDITIONAL UNITS TO SUPPORT OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

Vice Admiral James D. Hull, the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Commander, ordered the deployment of additional Coast Guard forces today to support ongoing efforts in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Admiral Thomas H. Collins, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, approved a Department of Defense (DoD) request and ordered the deployment of two, additional 110-foot Patrol Boats, two Law Enforcement Detachments and supporting forces, to support U.S Central Command operations. As a multi-mission, maritime force, the Coast Guard has had a presence in Operation Iraqi Freedom since its inception and has provided forces to this area since the Gulf War in 1990. Currently four patrol boats, one Port Security Unit, two Law Enforcement Detachments and one support unit continue to operate in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, supporting national defense requirements in this vital theater of operations. Full Story

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