Coast Guard Security Unit to Get New Commanding Officer

ST. MARYS, Ga. – Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay (91108), Ga., will get a new commander Thursday during a change of command ceremony at 1 p.m.

Lt. Cmdr. Paul Murphy, commanding officer of MSST Kings Bay, will be retiring after 20 years of active duty service and will be replaced by Lt. Cmdr. Doug Stark. Stark will assume command and control of more than 80 personnel and six 25-foot Homeland Security Response Boats. MSST has supported National Special Security Events from Seattle to the Caribbean Sea.

During Murphy’s two year tour, the waterside security and maritime law enforcement teams deployed in support of 24 NSSEs, including four critical security missions for the vice president of the United States. The Team also conducted security operations for the secretary of defense, Democratic National Caucus, the National Capital Region, the launch of the Navy’s USS Freedom (LCS-1), and three military out load missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Murphy also led the effort to standardize operational and tactical procedures for MSST units deploying in support of the U. S. Navy’s Submarine Transit Escort Program at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Stark recently completed an assignment at the Coast Guard’s Personnel Command as an Assignment Officer in Washington. Some his previous assignments include tours on Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Polar Sea and Steadfast; assignments at Coast Guard Groups Fort Macon, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.; and commanding officer of Coast Guard Station New London, Conn.

MSSTs are rapid deployable units, organized for short-term operations in support of Coast Guard districts, sectors, captains of the port, naval coastal warfare or joint task force command structures. The MSST provides a force reallocation for waterborne security and point defense force protection for strategic shipping and critical port facilities in response to credible threat intelligence or a planned event.

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