Coast Guard Cutter Bear Changes Command

PORTSMOUTH, Va., – Coast Guard Cmdr. Helen K. Toves will relieve Cmdr. Raymond W. Pulver as Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Cutter Bear in a ceremony aboard the cutter at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Portsmouth Friday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m. .

Vice Adm. D. Brian Peterman, Commander Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Coast Guard Defense Force East, will preside over the ceremony. Peterman is the operational commander for all Coast Guard activities within the eastern half of the world from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf.

Pulver has served as Bear’s commanding officer since August 2006. During his tour, the Bear completed a myriad of maritime homeland security operations including; the termination of two fishing vessel voyages for safety violations, the interdiction of seven Cuban Migrants off the Bahamian coast, the interdiction of a foreign fishing vessel resulting in the seizure of 1,800 pounds of cocaine and arrest of six narcotics smugglers, the first two go-fast interdictions using the Coast Guard’s new MH-65C Interdiction Helicopter resulting in the recovery of 3,200 pounds of cocaine and $250,000 of illicit drug proceeds, and seized just under $200 million in pure cocaine.

Upon detachment, Pulver will be assigned to Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Va., where he will spearhead a reorganization of the Coast Guard’s Operational Command structure.

Toves, will become the cutter’s fourteenth commanding officer and its first female commanding officer, comes to the Bear from Coast Guard Sector Miami, Fl., where she served as the chief of the logistics department.

Cutter Bear, one of six 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutters based in Portsmouth, Va., the first of thirteen “Famous Class” cutters celebrated its 25th year of service in February.

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