Coast Guard Cutter Stratton to hold change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton File Photo

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton File Photo

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Stratton will hold a change of command ceremony at Base Alameda Thursday at 2 p.m.

Capt. Craig Wieschhorster will relieve Capt. Nathan Moore as commander of Stratton. Moore’s next assignment will be as the Pacific Area Chief of Staff in Alameda.

Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, commander Coast Guard Pacific Area, will preside over the ceremony.

Under Moore’s command from 2015 to 2017, the crew of Stratton:

    • Sailed more than 60,000 nautical miles from locations ranging off the coast of Panama to above the Arctic Circle.
    • Seized or disrupted the transit of 66,000 pounds of cocaine valued at $1 billion including the interdiction or disruption of 11 go-fast vessels and three self-propelled semisubmersibles and the apprehension of 50 suspected drug smugglers.
    • Led the first deployment of a Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) to aid in counterdrug enforcement for the Coast Guard.
    • Participated in the 2016 Rim of the Pacific Naval Exercise, the world’s largest maritime exercise involving partner nations throughout the world.

“For me it’s been a career highlight to serve this crew as their commanding officer,” said Moore. “We accomplished so much together. It’s a great feeling to have been part of such a successful team. I have no doubt the crew of Stratton will continue to enjoy tremendous success under Capt. Wieschhorster’s leadership in the future.”

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