Coast Guard Cutter Midgett gets new commanding officer

SEATTLE — Capt. Brendan McPherson assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett from Capt. Laura Dickey during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, Wednesday.

Vice Adm. Charles Ray, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony.

McPherson previously served as the response division chief at the 7th Coast Guard District office in Miami.

Dickey will report to Washington, D.C., to serve as the special advisor for homeland security to the vice president of the United States. The cutter crew sailed on four deployments during her two-year tenure as commanding officer and conducted Coast Guard missions from the Arctic to Central America.

Midgett is a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle. The crew’s missions include homeland security, search and rescue, marine environmental response, alien migrant interdiction, pollution prevention, marine sanctuary protection, drug interdiction and fisheries enforcement.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. All members of the unit attend the ceremony to witness the transfer of leadership.

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