Coast Guard Port Security Enlisted
U.S. Coast Guard
Coast Guard Port Security
United States Coast Guard Port Security Specialists protect the nation’s ports from every potential threat, enhancing America’s homeland defense and protecting the nation’s vital commercial interest, plus providing security at shoreside facilities overseas.
Trained in law enforcement tactics and defensive combat techniques, these experts demonstrate advanced proficiency in communications and operational security and excel in the collection and use of intelligence. In the months following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the primary role of the Port Security Units (PSU) became expeditionary. They are designed to be self-contained deployable assets that can go overseas and provide waterside security for the ports established to accept our units and cargo. Specialists serving in PSUs have provided waterside, and some landside, security in Kuwait and southern Iraq. During the initial hostilities in 2003, they played a key role in ensuring the security of the two Iraqi gas and oil platforms in the northern Arabian Gulf. In order to wear the pin, a Specialist must have participated in a deployment.
This coin pays tribute to the courage and skill of all Port Security personnel, whose service inspires all Americans. Featured on the obverse is a detailed rendering of the insignia worn by the Coast Guard’s Port Security Enlisted personnel. Depicted on the reverse is the tri-color racing stripe found on all Coast Guard aircraft and vessels. Embedded in the design is the official Coast Guard emblem, featuring a disk inscribed with the service’s founding date and the shield of the Coat of Arms of the United States, superimposed against a pair of crossed anchors.
Struck in a nickel alloy and gently brushed with an antique finish, this coin is accented with crisp enamel highlights. Each coin comes packaged with a descriptive header card that underscores the unique contributions of Coast Guard Port Security personnel.
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