Coast Guard Pacific Area will commission a new Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST 91109) Tuesday at 1p.m. at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here
at 3800 Chosin Avenue.
Vice Adm. Harvey Johnson
, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, will be the presiding official for the ceremony, and Congresswoman Susan Davis
is scheduled to attend.
MSSTs are a quick response force capable of rapid, nationwide deployment via air, ground or sea transportation
in response to changing threat conditions and evolving Maritime Homeland Security mission requirements
. They are modeled after the Coast Guard's Port Security Unit
's and Law Enforcement Detachments.
Created in direct response to the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001, MSSTs are a part of the Department of Homeland Security
's layered strategy directed at protecting our seaports and waterways. They were established to protect military load-outs, enforce security zones, defend critical waterside facilities in strategic ports, stop illegal activities such as narcotics trafficking or illegal migrants, and provide a modest level of shore side protection.
MSST 91109 is the sixth Coast Guard anti-terrorism team to be commissioned in the Pacific region, and the eleventh to be commissioned nationwide. Other MSSTs are located in the ports of Seattle, Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco, Anchorage, Alaska; Chesapeake, Va., New Orleans, La., Honolulu, Boston, Houston, St. Mary's, Ga., and New York.