Congratulations on receiving orders to Coastal Riverine Squadron TWO (CRS 2). On behalf of the entire command, I extend you a warm welcome. CRS TWO was established in the wake of the bombing of the USS Cole (DDG-67) and the 9/11 attacks on America with the primary goal of providing anti-terrorism defense for American assets around the globe using well-trained and highly mobile security forces. I expect you will find your tour of duty onboard the Navy's finest Coastal Riverine Squadron challenging and rewarding.
Completing the following will ensure a smooth transition to Coastal Riverine Squadron TWO:
- In accordance with your orders, please ensure you contact your command’s Security Manager to verify that your required clearance is current and will not expire within six months of departing your current command.
- Ensure the completion of an operational duty medical screen. You must be physically qualified for duty in an expeditionary environment. Our medical department has independent duty corpsmen, but we have no physicians assigned.
- Complete 2nd class swim qualifications
Coastal Riverine Squadron TWO is located at building 14, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. If you need immediate lodging, contact the Gateway Inn at 1-877-NAVY-BED to make reservations at the Portsmouth Shipyard / Scott Annex. There may be a long wait for base housing in Norfolk, VA. You should check with your assigned sponsor and Naval Station Norfolk housing office at (757) 443-3700 or (757) 619-8596 prior to making any long term housing decisions. http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil, www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/moving, www.militarychild.ord, www.housing.navy.mil
Please keep your sponsor informed of your PCS leave address and phone number so that we may contact you if the need arises. If at any time you are unable to contact your sponsor, please feel free to contact the Command Quarterdeck at (757) 967-4303, the Command Career Counselor at (757) 967-4313, the Command Master Chief at (757) 967-4304 or email the CRS 2 sponsor group at NFSH_CRS2_SPONSORS@navy.mil. If you need to contact the Command Ombudsman Call (757) 284-6360.
Again, Welcome Aboard. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Michael Witherspoon, CDR, USN, Commanding Officer