Coast Guard Cutter Legare Changes Command

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard Cmdr. D. Scott Bauby will relieve Cmdr. Andrew Tiongson as Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Cutter Legare, during a ceremony aboard the cutter at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command here Tuesday.

Since assuming command of the Legare on Aug. 2, 2006, Tiongson has led the crew through a wide variety of operational missions, including three counter-drug patrols in the Caribbean Sea, a Mid-Atlantic fisheries enforcement and homeland security patrol, an illegal migrant interdiction patrol in the Straits of Florida, and an unprecedented four-month patrol to west Africa. Under Tiongson’s leadership, the crew rescued the disabled sailing vessel Jade and coastal freighter Kinta S, potentially saving 11 lives and more than $600,000 worth of property.

Bauby reports to the Legare having served as the Coast Guard Fifth District’s Enforcement Chief here in Portsmouth since 2005, during which time he directed law enforcement and maritime security operations across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Following the change of command, Tiongson will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s System Design and Management (MIT-SDM) program, which leads to a Master of Science degree granted jointly by MIT’s Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering.

The Legare is one of six 270-foot medium endurance cutters based in Portsmouth, Va.

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