Patrol Forces Southwest Asia




USCG Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) is the Coast Guard's largest unit outside of the United States. Established in 2002 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, PATFORSWA played a key role in maritime security and maritime infrastructure protection operations. PATFORSWA is currently supporting Operation Enduring Freedom with continued maritime humanitarian presence on the seas, providing U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet with combat-ready assets, utilizing our unique access to foreign territorial seas and ports, formulating strong and independent relationships throughout the Arabian Gulf, and leveraging the full-spectrum, flexible vessel boarding capabilities and maritime country engagements on the shore. PATFORSWA is comprised of six 110' cutters, shore side support personnel, Advanced Interdiction Teams (AIT), Maritime Engagement Team (MET), and other deployable specialized forces operating throughout the U.S. Central Command Area of Operation.