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USCGC BARANOF (WPB-1318)

Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) Manama, BahrainUSCGC BARANOF (WPB-1318) Image

Patrol Forces Southwest Asia is a United States Coast Guard command based in Manama, Bahrain. PATFORSWA was created in November 2002 as a contingency operation to support the U.S. Navy with patrol boats. The command’s mission is to train, equip, deploy and support maritime forces conducting operations in support of the Naval Forces Central Command. Since 2003, Bahrain has been a forward-deployed home for the USCG, and is currently home to six Island-class patrol boats (WPB): USCGC ADAK (WPB-1333), USCGC AQUIDNECK (WPB-1309), USCGC BARANOF (WPB-1318), USCGC MAUI (WPB-1304), USCGC MONOMOY (WPB-1326), and USCGC WRANGELL (WPB-1332). The role and mission of the WPBs is to support U.S. Central Command objectives in the Arabian Gulf.