Coast Guard Cutter Dependable holds change-of-command ceremony in Cape May, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
CAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, held a change-of-command ceremony at the base Thursday.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Paul Gregg relieved Cmdr. Lee Petty as the commanding officer of the 210-foot cutter.

Gregg, a native of Issaquah, Wash., is reporting to the Dependable after serving two years on the chief of naval operations staff, as the Coast Guard liaison to the director of surface warfare.

In Lee’s next assignment, he will serve as a Coast Guard liaison officer to the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.

The Dependable, which was commissioned nearly 45 years ago, is a multi-mission, medium endurance cutter homeported in Cape May. The crew’s missions include search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, maritime defense and protection of the marine environment.

Medium endurance cutters like the Dependable are built for multi-week offshore patrols including operations requiring enhanced communications, and helicopter and pursuit boat operations, which provide a key capability for homeland security missions at sea.

Cmdr. Paul Gregg salutes Capt. Keith Smith, the Atlantic Area Chief of Staff, and assumes command of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dependable during a change of command ceremony at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May Thursday, June 27, 2013. During the ceremony Cmdr. Lee Petty relinquished command of the ship and crew to Gregg. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Jennifer Nease)

Cmdr. Paul Gregg salutes Capt. Keith Smith, the Atlantic Area Chief of Staff, and assumes command of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dependable during a change of command ceremony at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May Thursday, June 27, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Jennifer Nease)

The crew of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported in Cape May, N.J., is gathered near a pier at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May after the ship’s change-of-command ceremony Thursday, June 27, 2013. During the ceremony Cmdr. Lee Petty relinquished command of the ship and crew to Cmdr. Paul Gregg. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Jennifer Nease)

The crew of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported in Cape May, N.J., is gathered near a pier at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May after the ship’s change-of-command ceremony Thursday, June 27, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Jennifer Nease)

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