Iraq Report

PMY Iraq
PMY Embedded in Operation Iraqi Freedom

April 2003

The U.S. Coast Guard’s role in Operation Iraqi Freedom is significant. Some 650 Coasties-men and women-are currently deployed in the Persian Gulf aboard four patrol boats, a high-endurance cutter, a buoy tender, two law-enforcement detachments, two security units, and a harbor-defense unit.

In preparation for a story that will appear in the June issue of PMY about the war-time Coast Guard, Senior Editor Capt. Bill Pike is embedded with various Coast Guard units and vessels in the Northern Gulf. He talks with Petty Officer Scott Titilah aboard the 110-foot patrol boat Aquidneck (right), home-ported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The Aquidneck’s primary job over the past three weeks has been to patrol Iraq’s ports and coastline and conduct maritime interdiction operations. To accomplish this mission takes nerve, firepower, and considerable navigational skill. “It gets really tense patrolling the rivers at night,” says Titilah. “Buoys are either blown up or off station, and the water's heavily littered with wrecked ships and other vessels, some from the last war. Much of it, of course, can potentially serve as staging areas for terrorist attacks of one kind or another.”

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This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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