Coast Guard officer on Maine-based ship relieved of command
(Tribune Information Service) — The U.S. Coast Guard has eliminated the commanding officer of a ship primarily based in South Portland, Maine, due to a lack of confidence in his capability, the company introduced Monday.
Chief Warrant Officer J.L. Horne was completely relieved because the commanding officer of the cutter Marcus Hanna, a 175-foot lengthy buoy tender primarily based in South Portland. The vessel has a crew of 24 and conducts patrols and maintains navigational aids off the Maine coast.
The announcement from the First District headquarters in Boston doesn’t say what particularly prompted the weird choice to alleviate Horne of his command. A Coast Guard spokeswoman stated Horne’s elimination was an administrative motion however no further particulars could be supplied.
“Rear Adm. Andrew Tiongson, First Coast Guard District commander, effected the reduction because of a lack of confidence in his capability to command,” the assertion stated. “A commanding officer is charged with the last word duty of the security of the crew and the secure navigation of the cutter. Tiongson appointed Chief Warrant Officer P. W. Morkis to imagine non permanent command of the cutter till a everlasting commanding officer might be named.”
Horne took over command of the cutter Marcus Hanna two years in the past, based on the Coast Guard. He has briefly been assigned to Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, it stated.