Coast Guard Cutter Mellon Holds Change of Command

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE – Capt. Daniel McLaughlin relieved Capt. David Klipp of command of Coast Guard Cutter Mellon during a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Capt. Klipp assumed command of the Mellon in August 2009 and will leave to be the Chief of Response for Coast Guard District 13.

Capt. McLaughlin is reporting from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R. I.

Capt. McLaughlin is a 1989 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn., earning Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals and various service and unit awards.

Rear Adm. Christopher C. Colvin, Deputy Commander Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony.

Mellon, the 378-foot, High Endurance Cutter homeported in Seattle, is designed to perform each of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions, which include search and rescue, defense operations, law enforcement, and environmental protection. Mellon patrols the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and the Eastern Pacific off the coast of South America.

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