Cutter personnel comprise the largest population of PATFORSWA members. Afloat personnel can expect a high operations tempo (OPTEMPO). The number of people assigned to crews has been increased to accommodate the higher OPTEMPO. Cutter home ports are located at Naval Support Activity Bahrain alongside numerous US Navy and Combined Maritime Forces ships.
The following cutters are assigned to PATFORSWA:
The operations department is responsible for the dynamic patrol schedule ensuring patrol boat resources are available for mission coverage within the NAVCENT AOR. The operations section includes the AT/FP and weapons division including a shoreside armory.
The weapons department is a shore side support unit responsible for the maintenance of all assigned weapons and marksmanship for the entire unit. Gunners Mates assigned to a cutter coordinate with shore side personnel to ensure readiness of cutter weapons systems and personnel.
The weapons department also manages the unit’s Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection (AT/FP) program ensuring cutter crews are supplemented by shore side personnel to provide pier side AT/FP watches by personnel from all shore side departments.
The engineering department provides comprehensive cutter maintenance augmentation support from their warehouse at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Engineering is responsible for the timely repairs of cutter casualties, dockside maintenance, and coordinating drydock availabilities. Engineering personnel also supplement the Patrol Boat Relief Crew in manning and operation of the Coast Guard detachment at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
PATFORSWA has a well supplied machine and workshop allowing engineers and damage control personnel to fabricate necessary items to facilitate emergency repairs and reduce logistical delay for specialized parts.
The deck department provides coordinates all port operations. Personnel ensure cutter readiness by maintaining rescue and survival equipment, painting, and preserving cutter hulls above the main deck.
The administration department is comprised of a health services, personnel services divisions. The health services division is responsible for both sick-call patient care treatment and medical readiness of unit personnel. The yeoman in the personnel services division are responsible for ensuring readiness of personnel by managing pay and administrative requirements. This department also manages government leased housing, vehicles, issued cellular phones, and US Mail services.
The supply department is responsible for the procurement and contracting needs of the units. The department is also responsible for meeting the unit’s budgetary requirements.
The C5I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, and Intelligence) department is responsible for ensuring personnel are aware of current threats in the AOR. The department coordinates the unit’s intelligence collection program and supplies information to assigned cutters.
The C5I department is also responsible for all of the unit’s communications systems, as well as managing personnel security and the Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP) program.
Information Systems and Electronics are maintained by a combined shop supporting shoreside, deployable, contingency, and cutter communications. Each cutter has an increased communications suite with unique systems rarely found else ware in the fleet. With the high operational tempo and speed of service required in the AOR, it is one of the most challenging communications support jobs in the fleet.
Maritime Engagement Team
The Maritime Engagement Team (MET) is responsible for maintaining currency of cutter boarding team VBSS qualifications. Additionally, personnel from the team are often asked to participate in professional exchanges with other coalition forces.