Outgoing Skipper: Cutter Munro Has Been Very Busy


Maggie Wall/KMXT

The Coast Guard Cutter Munro has a new commanding officer after Friday’s change of command ceremony when Captain Matthew Bell turned over the helm to Captain Mark Cawthorn.

During the ceremony, Bell summed up his two years on the Munro by listing of some of the accomplishments and some of the numbers the ship and its crew recorded.

Not the least of which was 326 days away from homeport during the two year period.

The Munro is the largest Coast Guard vessel home ported in Alaska. It’s been stationed in Kodiak since September 2007.

uscg-schallip-and-ropella.jpg Another local cutter also had a change of command on Friday. Lieutenant Commander Michele Schallip (left) is the SPAR’s new commanding officer. She relieved Lieutenant Commander Keith Ropella (right). U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally

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