Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau to hold change of command, depart for new homeport

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News 
SAN PEDRO, Calif. ˗˗ A change of command ceremony will be held aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach, San Pedro, Calif., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at 1 p.m.

During the change of command ceremony, Capt. Richard L. Mourey will assume the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of Morgenthau from Capt. Gregory A. Burg.  Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, Commander, Pacific Area will preside over the ceremony.

Mourey’s previous assignments include seven cutters, including his current position as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis.  He also recently served as the Director of Interagency Coordination for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

A1989 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Mourey also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Burg, a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.  Burg’s previous assignments include six cutters and various assignments in the engineering field.

Under Burg’s tenure as commanding officer, Morgenthau interdicted more than 10,800 pounds of cocaine and 700 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $145 million. Burg also directed the joint agency response to a medical emergency aboard a fishing vessel 1800 miles off the coast of Mexico, which saved the lives of 2 crew members.

The ceremony will also mark the official transfer of crews between Morgenthau and Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis.  Upon completion of the transfer, Morgenthau will set sail for its new homeport of Honolulu.  Morgenthau is being relocated to Honolulu to replace Jarvis, which was taken out of active service in October.  Jarvis will depart for Alameda, Calif., where it will be prepared for transfer under the Foreign Military Sales Program.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau pulls into homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, after a successful counter-narcotics patrol March 9, 2012. The crew of the Morgenthau intercepted nine vessels during the two-month patrol resulting in the seizure or disruption of more than one ton of cocaine, 1,300 pounds of marijuana, and the apprehension of 10 migrants and 15 suspected smugglers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau pulls into homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, after a successful counter-narcotics patrol March 9, 2012. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera

SAN DIEGO – A crewman from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter based in Alameda, Calif., stands watch as other crewmembers offload more than four tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego, Friday, September 14, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and U.S. Customs and Border Protection crews also detained 22 suspected smugglers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

SAN DIEGO – A crewman from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter based in Alameda, Calif., stands watch as other crewmembers offload more than four tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego, Friday, September 14, 2012. U.S. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

 

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