Coast Guard Cutter William Tate welcomes new commanding officer

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard Cutter William Tate’s crew held a change of command ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard Friday.

During the ceremony, Lt. Peggy Britton relieved Lt. Megan Cull as the commanding officer of the William Tate, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender homported in Philadelphia, Pa.

“Although my time with Lt. Cull has been brief, it’s been a pleasure serving as her executive officer,” said Chief Warrant Officer Richard P. Clark, the executive officer of the William Tate. “Her professionalism and dedication to the Coast Guard is unmistakable, and those traits have filtered down to the crew. The crew of the William Tate bid her fair winds and following seas, and best of luck at graduate school.”

Cull led the William Tate in servicing more than 400 aids to navigation through the Delaware Bay and river and its tributaries, ensuring that her crew assisted in maintaining the Coast Guard’s aid availability goal of 99.7 percent. Cull’s next assignment will be attending George Mason University in Arlington, Va., for graduate school under the Transportation Management program.

Britton reported to the William Tate from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she served as a search and rescue controller at the Coast Guard’s 14th District Joint Rescue Coordination Center. Prior to that, she served as the executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui, homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii.

As the commanding officer of the William Tate, Britton is now responsible for maintaining and servicing aids to navigation, port, waterway and coastal security, oil recovery, search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and marine environmental protection throughout the cutter’s area of responsibility.

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