MSD 71 Completes Tour Aboard Oil Platforms

Thursday, October 05, 2006
Mobile Security Detachment (MSD) 71 concluded a successful six-month deployment here Oct. 1, in which it provided security for Iraq’s Al Basrah (ABOT) and Khawr Al Amaya (KAAOT) oil terminals. The Guam-based Sailors, who are part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158, worked closely with the Iraqi marines, also stationed aboard the oil terminals, to secure the waters surrounding the oil platforms. MSD 71 Sailors provide Iraqi marines with close-in point defense operations training and other effective security techniques. This intensive training is designed to train the Iraqis to eventually protect the oil platforms and territorial waters without oversight or support from coalition forces.

Additionally, MSD 71 Sailors, the Iraqi marines and other units assigned to CTF 158 participated in training scenarios simulating an attack on the oil terminals to strengthen their cooperative response.

From the scorching heat, lack of fresh water, and challenging working and living conditions, serving aboard the oil terminals presents many unique challenges for Sailors. However, Miller praised the work ethic and determination of the entire unit. MSD 73 now assumes control of security around the oil platforms and will further the training of the Iraqi marines. CTF 158 is responsible for maritime security operations (MSO) in the Northern Persian Gulf. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the Northern Persian Gulf and protect Iraq’s sea-based infrastructure, which provides the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-determination.

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ Commander U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

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