Coast Guard Cutter Thetis to hold change-of-command ceremony

KEY WEST, Fla. – A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Friday at 7 p.m. at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Pier D2 south.

Cmdr. Douglas M. Schofield will relieve Cmdr. Richard L. Mourey during a time-honored military tradition to formally transfer command.

Mourey’s next assignment will be at United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

Mourey’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Mourey is a native of Escondido, Calif. He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1989, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Schofield’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals and several unit awards.

A native of Lancaster, Pa., Schofield graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1991 where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree with High Honors in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. He also holds Master of Science Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

Thetis is a multi-mission cutter responsible for conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security missions throughout the Caribbean Sea. Since 2008, the 100-member crew has transited the Panama Canal, seized more than 13,000 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $180 million, delivered more than 22,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies to Haiti, and represented the United States during the multi-national naval exercise, UNITAS Gold. The Thetis crew most recently returned from a two-month patrol during which they visited Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, where they supported the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project by refurbishing elementary schools.

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