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The Coast Guard's largest overseas unit

from The Maritime Executive

Naval operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom began with the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2002. The Navy drew on its plans for combat operations in Iraq, and in September 2002, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command requested U.S. Coast Guard support. Preparations for Coast Guard deployment moved quickly. In October, the service's Atlantic Area Command, headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, created a deployable detachment to oversee personnel, supply and maintenance needs for patrol boat operations in the Arabian Gulf. more

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