Riverine Force Protection:
Protecting the Navy's Silent Service
White waves froth as a Navy submarine cuts through the water making its way toward the open ocean. Three small boats bob in the swells, over a dozen sets of eyes are on the surrounding area, weapons at the ready to protect this multi-billion dollar Navy asset and her crew.
The Sailors of Coastal Riverine Squadron Eight (CRS 8) detachment in Groton, Connecticut perform a vital mission protecting high value naval units. Their mission at Naval Submarine Base New London is simple: Provide force protection and escort the Navy's silent service to and from the sea.
While CRS 8 has more than 700 Sailors assigned around the globe, the detachment in Groton is a small fraction of that.
"It really benefits the unit when you're a smaller group because you're more like family," said Lt. Cmdr. Hector B. Reyes, officer in charge of CRS 8.
The professionalism here in this small group is top of the line and the maturity of the team is unmatched, regardless of rank." - Lt. Cmdr. Hector Reyes
These Sailors come from all different training backgrounds and commands, from destroyers and frigates to amphibs and carriers, coming here can be kind of a culture shock.