Coast Guard Mission Excellence: A Monthly Report
Every month, we showcase Coast Guard members hard at work fulfilling their service to our country.
Vice Commandant Announced: Vice Admiral Linda L. Fagan was nominated on April 19 to be the next Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. She currently serves as the Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, overseeing all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. Fagan concurrently serves as commander, Defense Force West, and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. Fagan is a 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and is the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, the officer with the longest service record in the Marine Safety field. Pending confirmation, Fagan is expected to relieve the current Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Charles W. Ray on June 18.
“Throughout her distinguished career, she has been a top performer and a trailblazer,” Admiral Karl Schultz said in a news release. “As the Coast Guard’s first female four-star admiral, and President Biden’s nominee to serve as the Coast Guard’s 32nd Vice Commandant, Admiral Fagan will be instrumental in moving the Service forward at a critical juncture in our history.”
Rescue and Recovery in Louisiana: On April 19, the Coast Guard suspended search and rescue operations for a capsized commercial boat 8 miles offshore near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Nineteen people were aboard the vessel when it capsized; six crew members survived and were rescued from the water in the immediate aftermath of the accident. As of April 22, the remains of six mariners were recovered, with seven still unaccounted for in the boat's wreckage.
Coast Guard vessels and aircraft, local agency support, and good Samaritans searched for a cumulative 175 hours, covering over 9,200 square nautical miles.
Multiple Coast Guard assets were involved in the response, including the fast response cutter Glenn Harris. Also responding were two 45-foot rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, and aircrews from Air Station New Orleans, Corpus Christi, Clearwater, and Aviation Training Center Mobile.
Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro Decommissioned: The Douglas Munro, the last of the 378-foot high endurance class cutters, was decommissioned during a small ceremony in Alaska on April 24. The Kodiak-based cutter served the Coast Guard by conducting national and international missions for 49 years. This video shares the story of the ship’s namesake, Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, and highlights the cutter’s history over its almost five decades of service.
“I believe this crew absolutely lived up to the ship’s motto of honoring the past by serving in the present,” remarked Captain Riley Gatewood, Commanding Officer.
Cover Photo: Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, speaks with Chief Petty Officer Mahire A’Giza, Coast Guard Station Juneau officer-in-charge, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeremy DeMello, Sector Juneau command senior chief, while underway in Auke Bay, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Nicole Bridler.