Cutter personnel comprise the largest population of PATFORSWA unit members. Cutter personnel can expect a high operations tempo (OPTEMPO). Cutter crews have been increased to accommodate the higher OPTEMPO. Cutter personnel are based in Bahrain when not underway.
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. Additionally, the operations section includes personnel responsible for the unit’s electronics systems.
The deck department provides shore side support by coordinating all port operations. Personnel assist in maintaining cutter readiness by providing import services which include painting and/or cleaning on main decks and above. The deck department will work alongside both cutter and engineering personnel during cutter port visits.
The engineering department provides shore side maintenance support to cutters during port visits. Engineering personnel are responsible for the timely repairs of cutter casualties and coordinating drydock and dockside maintenance. Engineering department personnel operate in a warehouse environment when not working on cutters. Engineering personnel also support operations of the Forward Operating Base in Kuwait.
PATFORSWA enjoys the luxury of a well supplied workshop allowing engineers and damage control personnel to fabricate necessary items to facilitate repairs.
The administration department is comprised of a health services, administrative and SPO divisions. Health services division is responsible for both sick call patient care treatment and medical readiness of unit personnel. The Administrative and SPO divisions are responsible for ensuring readiness of personnel by managing pay and administrative requirements. This department also manages the unit’s inventory of vehicles, cell phones and mail.
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 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 intelligence department is responsible for ensuring all 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 intelligence department is also responsible for all of the unit’s communications systems, as well as managing the Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP) program.
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.