- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Cmdr. Patrick Culver has taken over as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alert based in Astoria.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://bit.ly/1GzxV99 ) that Culver takes the place of Cmdr. Brian Anderson as the head of the 47-year-old ship.

During Anderson’s time on the Alert, its crew helped enforce the right-of-way on the Columbia River, rescued boaters, busted fishermen illegally harvesting shark fins, freed snagged sea turtles, captured drug runners, rescued adrift Ecuadorian fishermen and worked with the Mexican Navy and other forces.

Culver comes from his previous position in Portsmouth, Virginia, as deputy of cutter forces on the East Coast.

Anderson heads to Portsmouth to work in the navigation and sensors division of the Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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