National Security cutter commander ‘temporarily relieved of duty’ after ‘incident’
The US Coast Guard today said the commanding officer, National Security Cutter James Capt. Marc Brandt, was “temporarily relieved of duty” on August 26 after an unspecified incident.
“Vice Admiral Kevin Lunday, commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Zone, performed the relief due to a loss of confidence in Brandt’s ability to command the cutter,” the USCG said in a statement. “The circumstances which led to a loss of confidence involved a mishap aboard the cutter. No staff member was injured.
Capt. John Driscoll was appointed to assume temporary command of the cutter “pending the results of an investigation into the accident”, while Brandt was “temporarily assigned” to the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Zone.
The Coast Guard did not provide details about the incident that led to Brandt’s reassignment.
The National Security Cutters are considered the most technologically advanced vessels in the Coast Guard fleet. The high endurance aging shear replacement program has so far produced nine shears: Bertholf (WMSL 750), Waesche (WMSL 751), Stratton (WMSL 752), Hamilton (WMSL 753), James (WMSL 754), Munro (WMSL 754). 755), Kimball (WMSL 756), Midgett (WMSL 757) and Stone (WMSL 758). Delivery of a tenth cutter, the Calhoun, is scheduled for fiscal year 2023.
“Coast Guard Cutter James is one of three 418-foot National Security Cutters (NSC) homeported in North Charleston, South Carolina. With its robust command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, the NSC is the most technologically advanced vessel in the Coast Guard fleet,” the Coast Guard said. “The NSCs are equipped with three state-of-the-art small boats, an aft boat launch system, dual aviation facilities and serve as the afloat command and control platform for complex law enforcement and national security missions involving the Coast Guard and numerous partner agencies”.
James was launched at Pascagoula, Mississippi on May 3, 2014, and was commissioned at Boston on August 8, 2015. James’s namesake is Captain Joshua James, who died in 1902 at the age of 75 while was in service in the United States. Rescue service.
Two years after commissioning, the cutter served as a command and control platform in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to help respond to the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.