Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal receives new commanding officer

11th Coast Guard District NewsCORONA DEL MAR, Calif. — Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal, an 87-foot patrol boat, received a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held in Corona del Mar, Calif., August 2, 2011.

Lt. Marc Whitaker, commanding officer of the Narwhal, relinquished command to Lt. j.g. Keith Robinson, during a time-honored military tradition that formally transfers command.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that ensures the continuity of command.

Robinson reports to the Narwhal from his previous tour serving as the executive officer of Coast Guard Cutter Maui, a 110-foot patrol boat deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

During Whitaker’s two-year command, Narwhal has deployed four times off the Baja Coast of Mexico in support of U.S. counter-drug efforts, and its crew was first on-scene to execute search operations after the tragic mid-air collision between a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft (CG-1705) and a Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter off San Clemente Island.

The Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal is a Marine Protector Class Patrol cutter and is homeported inside Newport harbor in Corona del Mar. It was commissioned in 2001 and the current crew joins a proud history of distinguished service to the United States.

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