Maritime Safety and Security Team

A Maritime Safety and Security Team or MSST is a Underwater Port Security System.

MSSTs were created under the waterways. MSSTs provide waterborne and a modest level of shoreside antiterrorism force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels, and critical infrastructure. 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 (MHS) mission requirements. Multi-mission capability facilitates augmentation for other selected Coast Guard missions.

MSST personnel receive training in Advanced Tactical Boat Operations and Anti-terrorism Force protection at the North Carolina.

In 2007 MSSTs became a part of the new Coast Guard Deployable Operations Group (DOG).


[edit] Mission

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 conducts high-speed maneuvers during a security patrol south of the Port of Miami.

Modeled after the Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) programs, MSSTs provide a complementary non-redundant capability designed to close critical security gaps in United States strategic seaports. MSSTs are staffed to support continuous law enforcement operations both ashore and afloat. In addition, MSSTs do these:

  • Jointly staffed to maximize effectiveness executing Port, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) operations (enforce security zones, port state control boardings, protection of military outloads and major marine events, augment shoreside security at waterfront facilities, detect WMD weapons/agents, and participate in port level antiterrorism exercises).
  • Provide enhanced port safety and security and law enforcement capabilities to the economic or military significant port where they are based.
  • Deploy in support of disasters or storm recovery operations.
  • Prototype/employ specialized capabilities to enhance mission performance (K-9 program, radiation detectors, dive program, vertical insertion, running gear entangling systems, less-than-lethal weapons, etc.).
  • Deploy on board migrant interdiction, or other maritime homeland security mission requirements.
  • Support Naval Coastal Warfare requirements during Homeland Defense (HLD) and in accordance with long standing agreements with DOD and the Combatant Commanders (protect strategic shipping, major naval combatants and critical infrastructure at home and abroad)

[edit] Capabilities

A Maritime Safety and Security Team member conducts a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

[edit] Commissioning schedule

  • MSST 91101 — Seattle (Established 2002)
  • MSST 91102 — Chesapeake, Va. (Established 2002. Merged with TACLET North in 2004 to form the prototype Enhanced Maritime Safety and Security Team – “EMSST” which, in 2006 was finally named the Maritime Security Response Team – “MSRT;” the Coast Guard’s only high-risk/counter-terrorism unit)
  • MSST 91103 — Long Beach (Established 2002)
  • MSST 91104 — Galveston (Established 2002)
  • MSST 91105 — San Francisco (Established 2003)
  • MSST 91106 — Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY (Established 2003)
  • MSST 91107 — Honolulu, HI (Established 2005)
  • MSST 91108 — St. Marys, Georgia (Established 2003)
  • MSST 91109 — San Diego, CA (Established 2005)
  • MSST 91110 — Boston, MA (Established 2003)
  • MSST 91111 — Anchorage, Alaska (Established 2004) (Disassembled 2011)
  • MSST 91112 — New Orleans (Established 2004)
  • MSST 91114 — Miami, FL (Established 2005)

[edit] Personnel

Each MSST has 75 active duty personnel.

[edit] See also

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