New commanding officer assumes command of Coast Guard Cutter in Marina del Rey

SAN PEDRO — The Coast Guard Cutter Halibut (WPB 87340) received a new commanding officer during a change-of-command ceremony in Marina del Rey, Wednesday.

Lt. Matthew Hurt, commanding officer of the cutter Halibut, relinquished command to Lt. j.g. John M. Epperly during a time-honored military tradition that formally transfers and ensures the continuity of command.

Epperly reports to the Halibut from his previous tour serving as the operations officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Wrangell (WPB 1332), a 110- foot patrol boat, one of six forward deployed U.S. Coast guard patrol boats supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in the Arabian Gulf.

The Coast Guard Cutter Halibut is a Marine Protector Class coastal patrol cutter and is home-ported in Marina del Rey. The Halibut is known throughout the Coast Guard as “the Hollywood cutter” because of its close proximity to Los Angeles and is often used as a representation of the Coast Guard in many news broadcasts, television shows and movie productions.

Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte Marrow photo

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