Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk holds change of command

17th Coast Guard District NewsKEY WEST, Fla. – The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk held a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Sector Key West Thursday evening.

Cmdr. Mark J. Fedor became the Mohawk’s 12th commanding officer, relieving Cmdr. Robert T. Hendrickson during the military ceremony.

Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker presided over the change of command and awarded Hendrickson the Meritorious Service Medal recognizing his service and performance of duty aboard Mohawk.

During Hendrickson’s two-year command, the cutter spanned 50,000 miles and three continents. Most notable, his crew responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti within 24 hours and further, deployed to Africa in support of the Navy’s Sixth Fleet and U.S. Africa Command. In addition, the crew yielded three drug busts netting more than $133 million.

Hendrickson is headed for the 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu to become the chief of law enforcement.

Fedor reports to the Mohawk from Washington, D.C., where he earned a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

The cutter Mohawk is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Key West.

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