Port Security Unit 301, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Port Security Unit 301

Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Port Security Units (PSU) are trained to provide anti-terrorist force protection and coastal defense for missions inside and outside the United States. PSUs can be deployed anywhere in the world within 96 hours and are trained to be operational within the first 24 hours of arrival.

The Waterside Security Division of a PSU is composed mostly of Boatswain Mates (BM) and Machinery Technicians (MK) trained to operate transportable port security boats (TPSBs). The TPSB is a highly maneuverable and armed vessel used to conduct security operations near the shore. 

Pictured below: Members of the Waterside Security Division train with old (pictured right) and new (pictured left) boat platforms during a drill weekend.


The Landside Security Division of a PSU is composed mostly of Maritime Enforcement Specialists (ME) trained to perform land-based security anywhere in the world. MEs are self-sustaining and are trained in the following areas:
Security, Maritime Law Enforcement, Tactical Operations, Port Readiness, Weapons Familiarization and Qualification, Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security, Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection.

Pictured below: Members of the Security Division conduct a firing exercise during Active Duty for Training.


The Engineering Division of a PSU is mostly composed of Machinery Technicians (MK) Damage Controlmen (DC) Electronics Technicians (ET) and Electricians Mates (EM). Members of the Engineering Div
ision can expect to be trained in all areas of machinery operation and maintenance. Engineers apply this knowledge to ensure that the PSU remains fully mission capable at all times.

Pictured below: Members of the Engineering Division load a cargo plane as they prepare to travel to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Load planning school is among the many schools engineers attend to ensure that they can handle any and all exercises.


From North Carolina, to Alaska, and to South Korea, members of a PSU can expect to conduct Active Duty for Training (ADT) anywhere in the world.


From Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Kuwait, to Haiti, members of a PSU can expect to deploy anywhere in the world.