FORT EUSTIS, VIRGINIA
The mission of the Waterborne Security Division is to provide waterside protection to key High Value Assets (HVA) such as U.S. warships and military supply vessels in foreign ports and may include the port, harbor or pier itself. Through the use of vigilant escort and patrol techniques, the Division’s Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB’s) provide an HVA with protection from asymmetrical threats such as assaults by small boats or swimmers.
The greatest assets of the Waterborne Security Division are the men and women that make up the Division. Each TPSB is crewed by 3-4 enlisted personnel, usually Boatswain's Mates, Machinery Technicians, or Port Security Specialists. Each member of the crew has completed an extensive training and qualification process in small boat operations and seamanship.
The Coxswain (pronounced "cox'n") is the boat's operator and supervises the engineer and the crew members. The Coxswain is in charge and ultimately responsible for the performance of the boat and the crew.
The Boat Engineer has completed engineering training in addition to crew member qualification, and assists the Coxswain with the operation of the engines, mechanical, and electrical equipment. In addition to these duties, the Boat Engineer is also called upon to perform the tasks required of the Boat Crewmembers, including lookout, helmsman and line handling duties.