Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau commanding officer relieved of command

Coast Guard District 11 NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Commander, Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, recommended Wednesday that Capt. Anthony R. Gentilella be permanently relieved of command of the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

“Coast Guard commanding officers are held to the highest standards in keeping with our core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. An important element of doing this requires a commanding officer to promote open communications.” said Brown. “While my decision was not predicated by a single act, Capt. Gentilella failed to uphold our standards by not maintaining a command climate that supported safe and effective operations.”

Capt. Mathew Bliven assumed temporary command of Morgenthau. Gentilella has been reassigned to Coast Guard District Eleven staff pending the administrative process that will determine if his relief will be permanent.

Morgenthau, homeported in Alameda, is a 378-foot Hamilton class High-Endurance cutter commissioned in March of 1969.

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