A guide to the military demonstrations at Harborfest

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Michael DeCesare, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 4, Det. Guam, fires an M2 machine gun aboard a Mark VI patrol boat during a crew-served weapons qualification in the Philippine Sea, April 12, 2018. CRS-4, Det. Guam, assigned to Costal Riverine Group 1, Det. Guam, is capable of conducting maritime security operations across the full spectrum of naval, joint and combined operations. Further, it provides additional capabilities of port security, embarked security, and theater security cooperation around the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy | Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cory Asato Harborfest has long celebrated the area’s maritime heritage, but it also provides civilians a chance to get a close-up view of the military.

A variety of hands-on events and demonstrations involving the Navy and Coast Guard are on tap for this weekend to showcase their capabilities, let would-be recruits learn more about careers and show members of the community what the men and women who serve behind guarded gates and out at sea do each day.

Here’s a guide to the military demonstrations at this year’s Harborfest: Force Protection — Riverines

U.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2, debrief after crew training on a MK VI patrol boat in support of Coastal Riverine Squadron Group (CRG) 1 Detachment Guam (CRG-1 Det Guam) west of Guam on Jan. 11, 2018. CRG-1 Det Guam is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75, the primary expeditionary task force responsible for the planning and execution of coastal riverine operations, explosive ordnance disposal, diving engineering and construction, and underwater construction in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy | Yeoman 1st Class Anthony Ardisone The Navy’s Coastal Riverine Force is responsible for defending high-value assets like aircraft carriers, submarines and other large ships in and out of ports around the world.

During a demonstration on the Elizabeth River, the Navy will simulate a moored vessel coming under attack from an enemy force. Two 34-foot Sea Ark patrol boats will try to establish communications with an enemy vessel to determine its intentions , and then, after getting no response, open fire on it using blank ammunition. U.S. Sailors with Delta Company, Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 use a 34-foot Sea Ark Dauntless patrol boat assigned to Delta Company, Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, conducts training on the Neuse River, N.C., March 5, 2014. The boat was used to prepare Sailors for an upcoming deployment. The Navy takes steps to identify and warn vessels not to approach – such as using sirens, flares and flashing lights – before using weapons. But it also empowers its leaders aboard small boats to escalate the use of force as quickly as necessary.

“If there’s not enough time, it is a leadership decision there to escalate all the way to step four or step five or to issue warning shots. That is solely on the small unit leader out there on the water,” said Cmdr. Joe Droll, commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron […]

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