Cutter Rush to Hold Change of Command Ceremony

HONOLULU (D14 Public Affairs) – A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for the commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Rush at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command, Honolulu Friday at 10 a.m.

Capt. Robert J. Tarantino will relieve Capt. Peter J. Bergeron, Rush’s commanding officer since August 2006. Bergeron’s next assignment is Coast Guard Sector Boston where he will serve as the Sector’s response commander.

Bergeron was responsible for the cutter’s effective engagement in Coast Guard search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security, and international operations across the Pacific Ocean.

Tarantino comes to the Rush from a tour at Harvard University where he completed a National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. This is Tarantino’s sixth tour at sea and his third command aboard a Coast Guard cutter.

Capt. Douglas J. Wisniewski, Coast Guard Pacific Area chief of staff, will preside over the ceremony.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates to the officers and crew of a unit the continuity and authority of command. It involves the total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Rush is one of two 378-foot high endurance cutters based in Honolulu. Rush’s primary missions include defense operations, enforcement of laws and treaties, and search and rescue throughout the Pacific. Rush has a complement of 20 officers and 148 crewmembers.

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