Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads to welcome new commanding officer Friday

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Capt. Mark Ogle will relieve Capt. Patrick Trapp as the commanding officer and Captain of the Port Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Portsmouth at 10:30 a.m., Friday.

Trapp worked closely with the port community, military units, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to significantly improve the safety and security of the Port of Hampton Roads. Trapp’s next assignment will be serving as Chief of Staff for the Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth.

“I know I speak for the entire Port of Hampton Roads in saying that it has been an honor and a privilege serving alongside Capt. Trapp. His service to the maritime community is one of distinguished leadership and dedication in making a safer and more secure port, commonwealth and nation,” said Ed Merkle, Director of Port Security & Emergency Operations.

Capt. Ogle reports to the Hampton Roads area from Arlington, Va., where he served as the Operations Officer for the United States Deployable Operations Group. Prior to that, he served as Commanding Officer of the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team in San Diego, Calif.

As commander of Sector Hampton Roads, Ogle will be responsible for port safety and security, search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, marine environmental protection, and commercial vessel safety missions. He will exercise federal authority granted by law and regulation as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator.

Sector Hampton Roads area of responsibility includes nearly the entire state of Virginia and the Atlantic Coast of Maryland.

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