Tenth Silver Ancient Mariner Named

Washington – Admiral Bob Papp, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, announced today the selection of Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) Steven B. Hearn as the tenth Silver (enlisted) Ancient Mariner since the inception of the program in 1978. MCPO Hearn will assume the title of Silver Ancient Mariner from MCPO Richard S. Vobornik during a ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, VA on August 26, 2010. MCPO Vobornik will be retiring after 30 years of exemplary service.

MCPO Hearn is currently assigned as Officer in Charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Kankakee. In addition, he is a recipient of the Master Cutterman Certificate, which recognizes over 20 years of cumulative sea time. MCPO Hearn has served on eight Coast Guard Cutters, commanding five of them: CGC Chokeberry, CGC Chippewa, CGC Obion, CGCCimarron and CGC Kankakee.

MCPO Hearns father, Commander John R. Hearn Jr., was the fourth Gold (officer) Ancient Mariner from July 1, 1985 to April 30, 1987 and retired after 34 years of service including as Commanding Officer tours aboard several different classes of Coast Guard cutters.

This is truly a historic event within the Coast Guard Ancient Mariner program for a father and son to attain this title. The Ancient Mariner title recognizes the officer and enlisted person with the earliest designation as a permanent cutterman and requires a minimum of ten years sea time. The award recipients must personify and uphold the core values of Honor, Respect an Devotion to Duty, along with the professionalism and leadership associated with long service at sea.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp is the current Gold Ancient Mariner.

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