SEAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS 11), based out of Naval Weapons Stations Seal Beach, California, returned home May 26 following a seven-month deployment supporting operations in Africa and the Middle East.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to deploy and serve with the most motivated Sailors I have ever deployed with in my 23-year career," said Cmdr. Keith Fernandez, mission commander. "Their dedication, professionalism and esprit de corps while carrying out their missions in fighting terrorism and piracy were unparalleled. I salute each and every one of them for wearing the cloth of our great nation proudly and with distinction."
Despite arriving just after midnight, the Sailors were greeted by a number of friends, families, and shipmates at the LAX airport with support provided by the volunteers from Bob Hope Hollywood USO. The USO provided the families and Sailors a warm welcome with games, food, banners, and music. These Sailors finished the night with a final formation to be addressed and congratulated by their chain of command on a job well done.
While deployed, the 107 Sailors worked alongside coalition partners, conducting maritime anti-terrorism and force protection operations for more than 80 high-risk port visits in Djibouti, Africa as well as organic security and intelligence support for six U.S. Navy support ships at sea in the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Arabian Gulf.
They supported U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Central Command in support of Navy force protection requirements and United Nations counter piracy initiatives.
CRS 11 is a reserve component of the Coastal Riverine Force (CRF), which operates in harbors, estuaries, and bays across the littorals and ashore. The primary mission of the CRF is to conduct maritime security operations across all phases of military operations by defending high value assets, critical maritime infrastructure, ports and harbors both inland and on coastal waterways against enemies, and when commanded conduct offensive combat operations.
The CRF is comprised of units manned, trained, and equipped to conduct port and harbor security, high-value asset security and escort, surveillance and reconnaissance, insertion and extraction of small units and command and control for supporting assigned units. The CRF is capable of conducting 24-hour operations in all weather conditions and climates anywhere around the world.
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