Coast Guard Cutter Welcomes New Commanding Officer

Friday, July 12, 2002
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro will hold a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday at Coast Guard Island. Capt. Robert L. Hurst, coming from the Naval War College, will assume command of the Munro from Capt. Brian J. O’Keefe. O’Keefe will transfer to Norfolk, Va., where he will assume the duties of Chief of the Electronics Systems Division at Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic.Cutter Munro was named after Douglas Munro, a Coast Guardsmen who gave his life rescuing stranded Marines during the World War II Battle of Guadalcanal and is the service’s only recipient of the Medal of Honor. Commissioned in 1971, the Munro is a versatile ship capable of accomplishing many missions, including maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and defense readiness. The Munro has a crew of 165 and is one of four, 378-ft. High Endurance Cutters stationed in San Francisco Bay.

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