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Stevens Speaks At Dedication of the
Maritime Safety & Security Team


October 19, 2004

Recently Alaska's senior U.S.Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) helped welcome a new Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) to the Port of Anchorage. The mission of the Maritime Safety and Security Teams is to 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 mission requirements.

jpg Stevens MSST

The Honorable Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and Senate President Pro Tempore, tours a 25-foot homeland security boat with Petty Officer First Class Chris Mogavero and Vice Adm. Harvey Johnson, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, at the commissioning of Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91111 in Anchorage, Oct 15. Stevens was joined at the ceremony by The Honorable Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congressmen Don Young (R-Alaska). 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. Anchorage's MSST 91111 is the fourth Coast Guard anti-terrorism team commissioned in the Pacific region, and the ninth commissioned nationwide. Other MSSTs are located in the ports of Seattle, Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco, Chesapeake, Va., Boston, Houston, St. Mary's, Ga. and New York. Additional MSSTs are slated for San Diego and Honolulu. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski

"Because of this port's geographical significance and its new and important missions in support of our military the Department of Defense recently designated the Port of Anchorage a strategic seaport," said Senator Stevens. "The new ship, rail and port facilities that are being built to expand this port will only enhance its importance."

The MSST is based in Anchorage will consist of 75 active duty personnel. The mobile unit will be responsible for protecting all of Alaska's ports and can be deployed to specific ports in the State during times of increased terror threats.

"The Maritime Safety and Security Team will help this port fulfill its new missions by ensuring that it is secure and safe from outside threats. The MSST is the only active component of the Coast Guard that is principally designed, equipped, staffed and trained in integrated multi-boat targets for intercepting and engaging hostile targets. Given that Alaska has more coastline than any other state, the MSST's mission is a vital part of our efforts to protect Alaska and the nation. Working with existing Coast Guard units, the MSST will improve the security of our ports, waterways, and critical infrastructure in and around Alaskan ports," said Stevens.

Other MSST units have already been established in many ports including New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. By early 2005, MSST units will be commissioned in 13 U.S. ports.



Source of News Release:

United States Coast Guard
Web Site

Office of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens
Web Site



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