Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Commander Announces Retirement

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Capt. John E. Long, chief of staff of the 11th Coast Guard District, has been appointed as temporary commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco following the retirement announcement of Capt. William Uberti. Rear Adm. Craig Bone, Commander of the 11th District, appointed Long to serve as sector commander until a permanent replacement is named. Uberti served in the position since 2005.

“Capt. Uberti contributed a great deal to the Coast Guard and the nation over 29 years of service,” Bone said. “It is unfortunate that his retirement comes amid controversy and investigations related to the recent oil spill here in San Francisco Bay. Capt. Uberti and I have already discussed some of the problems and issues that need to be addressed to improve our response to future incidents. We both look forward to the results of internal reviews of this case and the external inquiries into the incident and response,” he said.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco is responsible for all day-to-day Coast Guard operations throughout most of Northern California. The sector’s missions include search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection, port security, merchant mariner licensing, and vessel inspection and safety programs for all types of vessels including recreational boats, commercial fishing vessels, charter boats, ferries, and large merchant vessels.



Captain John E. Long assumed duties in May 2007 as Chief of Staff, Eleventh Coast Guard District. The Eleventh Coast Guard District encompasses the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah; and 3.3 million square miles of coastal and offshore waters extending 1000 nautical miles off of California, south to the Colombian and Ecuadorian border in South America.

Captain Long’s previous assignment was Chief of Response, Coast Guard Pacific Area, where he directed Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific theater while managing 18 major cutters, three Port Security Units, six Maritime Safety Security Teams, and the Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team. Primary missions included Maritime Homeland Security, Maritime Homeland Defense, Search and Rescue, Protection of Natural Resources, Counter-Drug Enforcement, and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations.

Captain Long previously commanded Coast Guard Air Station Houston, Texas, and Coast Sector San Diego, California, where his duties included Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for oil and hazardous chemical spills, and Search & Rescue Mission Coordinator.

Captain Long is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a 2002 graduate of the Air War College where he earned a Master’s degree in Strategic studies. He served his initial tour as Deck Watch Officer and Weapons Officer aboard USCGC MIDGETT, was then selected for Naval Flight Training and received his “wings” in October of 1981.

Captain Long spent 25 years as a Coast Guard aviator. He served at Air Stations Houston, New Orleans, and San Francisco, and was one of the first instructor pilots in the Coast Guard’s new HH-60J Training Branch at Aviation Training Center Mobile.

Military awards include three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.


Captain Uberti graduated from the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia in January 1979, receiving his commission as an ensign. From 1979-1988, he served at Marine Safety Office Detroit and Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads in all areas of marine safety including pollution prevention and response, port safety and security, vessel inspection, investigations, and merchant marine licensing. In addition, Captain Uberti completed a tour at sea on USCGC DECISIVE, where he performed search and rescue, drug interdiction, fishery patrols, and military defense missions. Captain Uberti also completed a four-month Merchant Marine Industry Training Program with Cruise International Incorporated of Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1988, Captain Uberti was assigned as the Chief of Inspection Department of Marine Safety Office San Diego. During this period, he oversaw the repair of the Tank Ship EXXON VALDEZ following its grounding off the coast of Alaska. In 1992, Captain Uberti was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as Program Manager for Passenger Cruise Ship Safety and later as Program Manager for the Port State Control Initiative.

In 1996, Captain Uberti reported to Marine Safety Office Miami as Chief of the Inspection Department, where he implemented the enforcement of new International Cruise Ship Safety regulations. He also assisted in the development and enforcement of the Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Code. In 1998, Captain Uberti served as Executive Officer at Marine Safety Office Miami.

In 2000, Captain Uberti executed the duties of Deputy Chief, Pacific Area and Eleventh Coast Guard District Marine Safety Division located in Alameda, California. In July 2002 Captain Uberti assumed command of Marine Safety Office San Juan where he enforced Coast Guard marine safety, security, and environmental programs for the Caribbean region. Upon establishment of Sector San Juan in September 2004 Captain Uberti assumed the duties of Deputy Sector Commander.

In July 2005 he assumed command of Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay and upon establishment of Sector San Francisco in August 2005 became the first Commanding Officer of this 800 person command where he serves as Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection, Federal On Scene Coordinator and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.

Captain Uberti has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal and 3 Special Operations Service ribbons, in addition to several Coast Guard unit and team commendations. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from the University of San Diego.

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