Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous crew holds change-of-command ceremony in Cape May, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
CAPE MAY, N.J. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous held a change-of-command ceremony Thursday at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.

Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee relinquished command of the cutter to Cmdr. Terry M. Johns.

Johns recently served as director of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for the Fifth Coast Guard District, Northern Region, where he was responsible for policy, training and readiness of more than 2,600 Auxiliarists who support the Coast Guard.

Magee is transfering to the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., where he will study strategic leadership.

“I’m extremely proud of the crew of Vigorous and their efforts in going above and beyond to keep a 44-year-old cutter operational,” said Magee. “Their efforts overcame numerous challenges, including two hurricane evacuations to ensure we were ready for patrol.”

Under Magee’s command, the 80-person Vigorous crew served as on-scene commander for the cruise ship Carnival Triumph rescue and conducted a six-day escort of the ship to Mobile, Ala. They also conducted six search and rescue cases, resulting in five lives saved, interdicted 112 Haitian migrants and embarked an additional 60 Haitians from another cutter, all of whom were repatriated to Haiti. Additionally, the crew interdicted a coastal freighter with a hidden compartment containing 145 pounds of cocaine and 245 pounds of marijuana.

Medium endurance cutters like the Vigorous are built for multi-week offshore patrols, including operations requiring enhanced communications, and helicopter and pursuit boat operations, which provide a key capability for homeland security missions at sea.

The official party for the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous change of command ceremony walk up the pier at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Thursday, May 16, 2013. Prior to the ceremony, the official party conducted a walk-through of the 210-foot medium endurance cutter, which is built for multi-week, offshore patrols. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen)

The official party for the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous change of command ceremony walk up the pier at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Thursday, May 16, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen)

Audience members bow their heads during the invocation for the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Thursday, May 16, 2013. During the ceremony, command of the 210-foot medium endurance cutter, which is built for multi-week, offshore patrols, was transferred from Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee to Cmdr. Terry M. Johns. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen)

Audience members bow their heads during the invocation for the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Thursday, May 16, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen)

Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee, the commanding officer of the 44-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported in Cape May, N.J., honors tradition by inspecting his ship's company during the cutter's change-of-command ceremony Thursday, May 14, 2013. During the ceremony, Magee transferred command of the 210-foot Vigorous and 80-person crew to Cmdr. Terry M. Johns. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham)

Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee, the commanding officer of the 44-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported in Cape May, N.J., honors tradition by inspecting his ship’s company during the cutter’s change-of-command ceremony Thursday, May 14, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham)

Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee, the commanding officer of the 44-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported in Cape May, N.J., reads his orders during the cutter's change-of-command ceremony Thursday, May 14, 2013. During the ceremony, Magee transferred command of the 210-foot Vigorous and 80-person crew to Cmdr. Terry M. Johns. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham)

Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee, the commanding officer of the 44-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported in Cape May, N.J., reads his orders during the cutter’s change-of-command ceremony Thursday, May 14, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham)

Capt. D. Scott Bauby, Operational Forces for Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presents Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee with the Meritorious Service Medal prior to the the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Thursday, May 16, 2013. During the ceremony, command of the 210-foot medium endurance cutter, which is built for multi-week, offshore patrols, was transferred from Magee to Cmdr. Terry M. Johns. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen)

Capt. D. Scott Bauby, Operational Forces for Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presents Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee with the Meritorious Service Medal prior to the the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Thursday, May 16, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen)

 

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