Coast Guard commander in NC relieved of duties

Jan. 12–WILMINGTON — The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that its North Carolina commander has been temporarily relieved of duty due to “loss of confidence in his abilities to command.”

The Coast Guard did not specify what Capt.  did to bring about the change in command of Sector North Carolina.

Spokesman Nate Littlejohn said only that “information was presented through the chain of command that raised concerns” that led to the Murtagh’s loss of command and a subsequent investigation. That investigation will determine whether Murtagh regains his job, Littlejohn said.

Capt. Joseph Dufresne, the sector’s deputy commander, will take over temporarily, while Murtagh was reassigned to the 5th District in Portsmouth, Va.

Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, the 5th District commander, said the change will not affect the Coast Guard’s ability to perform its duties in the state. The North Carolina sector includes all navigable waters in the state out to 200 nautical miles from shore, including Lake Kerr, Lake Gaston andLake Wylie.

Murtagh has been commander in the state since July 2013.

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