Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf holds change of command

Capt. Brian R. Anderson relieves Capt. John J. Driscoll as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf

HONOLULU — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf hosted a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday in Honolulu following a months-long deployment to the Western Pacific.

Capt. Brian R. Anderson relieved Capt. John J. Driscoll as commanding officer during the ceremony, which was presided over by Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area.

Bertholf, a 418-foot legend-class National Security Cutter, conducted operations under the tactical control of the U.S. 7th Fleet during the ship’s deployment, which began Jan. 20 from the ship’s homeport of Alameda, California. During the deployment, the ship became the first Coast Guard cutter to transit the Taiwan Strait and did so in the company of the Navy’s USS Curtis Wilbur. The ship spent several weeks enforcing United Nations’ sanctions in the East China and Yellow Seas, and they also conducted bilateral training exercises with coast guards from Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Bertholf is expected to return to Alameda in July.

With more than 23 years of service, Anderson held operational command and technical staff assignments at sea and ashore. He has more than 10 years cumulative sea time, including time as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutters Alert and Mustang. He also served as executive officer of Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous and as operations officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Decisive.

Before he took command of Bertholf, Driscoll served as commander of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutters Thetis, Nantucket and Matagorda, and as executive officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk.

The change-of-command ceremony is steeped in military tradition and history and includes the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability for a ship and its crew from one individual to another. It features a formal parade of the ship’s officers and crew and a public reading of official orders.

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