Coast Guard Cutter Marlin to hold change-of-command

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 9 at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach.

Lt. Jeff West will relinquish command to Lt. j.g. Michael Mastrianni during a time-honored military tradition that formally transfers command.

A military unit’s change of command is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Prior to this assignment, Mastrianni was assigned as the executive officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Wrangell, an 87-foot patrol boat deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. From 2007 to 2009 Mastrianni served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Kittery, Maine.

Mastrianni, a New York native, is a 2007 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and holds a bachelors degree in management. His personal military awards include two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.

West, a Palm Beach, Fla., native, has been in command since July 2008, and will be attending Cornell University to earn his master’s degrees in engineering and business administration. His personal military awards include the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon.

Marlin’s 15-member crew conducts search-and-rescue, law-enforcement and Homeland Security missions along the west coast of Florida.

The crew recently returned July 1 from a patrol in the Gulf of Mexico in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. During the patrol, the crewmembers supported a variety of missions, including logistics support for the Coast Guard’s oil skimming fleet, surveying and reporting the spread of oil slicks, and enforcing closed/contaminated fishing grounds. The crew also played a critical role in the development and establishment of the civilian vessel of opportunity fleets in Destin, Fla., and Pensacola, Fla., which encompassed dozens of civilian vessels contracted to cleanup oil along near shore and inshore waters.

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