Commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina relieved of duty

Posted at 1:25 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 13:35:37-05

Capt. Sean Murtagh

Wilmington, N.C. –  The commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina was removed from command on Monday due to loss of confidence in his abilities to command.

Capt. Sean Murtagh was temporarily removed from command of Sector North Carolina by Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, Coast Guard 5th District commander, in Portsmouth, Virginia. 

Metruck appointed Capt. Joseph Dufresne, deputy commander of Sector North Carolina, to assume temporary command of the sector.

Murtagh was temporarily reassigned to the 5th District in Portsmouth, until further notice.

The change will not impact Sector North Carolina’s search and rescue response, maritime security or other vital mission operations.

“What’s important for the public to know is that while command of the sector has changed, the Coast Guard’s ability to respond within Sector North Carolina’s area of responsibility has not,” said Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, 5th District commander. “We’re always ready to respond.”

Murtagh is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.  He also holds a MBA degree from the University of Rochester, and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.