Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) is the Coast Guards largest unit
outside of the United States. Established in 2002 in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, PATFORSWA has played a key role in maritime security and
maritime infrastructure protection operations. PATFORSWA is comprised of
six 110’ cutters, shore side support personnel, Redeployment Assistance and
Inspection Detachment, Advanced Interdiction teams, Middle East Training
Team, and other deployable specialized forces operating throughout the U.S.
Central Command Area of Responsibility, including Afghanistan and Iraq.
As of September 1, 2010, PATFORSWA transitioned from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn.