Coast Guard Cutter Elm to hold change of command at Fort Macon, NC

5th Coast Guard District NewsFORT MACON, N.C. – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elm is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony in Fort Macon, Friday at 10 a.m.

Cmdr. John Kennedy will turn over command of the cutter to Lt. Cmdr. Mark Palmer.

The primary mission for the crew of the Elm is the servicing of more than 230 aids to navigation ranging from the North Carolina and South Carolina border to Shark River Inlet, N.J. The secondary missions include fisheries law enforcement, illegal migrant interdiction, search and rescue and marine environmental protection.

During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the crew of the Elm was deployed to the Gulf of Mexico where they assisted with cleanup and oil-skimming operations and earned a unit citation for serving with distinction.

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