Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker commander temporarily relieved of duty

Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier

Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier

BOSTON — Lt. Cmdr. Ian Mulcahy was temporarily relieved from command of the cutter Katherine Walker, in Bayonne, New Jersey, Friday, by Rear Adm. Andrew Tiongson, First Coast Guard District commander, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

A commanding officer is charged with the ultimate responsibility of the safety of the crew and the safe navigation of the cutter.

Tiongson appointed Lt. Cmdr. John Singletary to assume temporary command of the cutter until it is decided if the relief will be permanent.

Mulcahy was temporarily assigned to Sector New York.

Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker is a 175-goot buoy tender homeported in Bayonne, New Jersey with a crew complement of 24.

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