2010-09-16 / News

Kelly to command N.J. Coast Guard base

Capt. William G. Kelly Capt. William G. Kelly Captain William G. Kelly of the U.S. Coast Guard was recently appointed commanding officer of one of the U.S.C.G.’s largest bases – its 40-sq.-mile training facility at Cape May, N.J.

He is the son of Bill and Mary Kelly of Jamestown.

His career with the Coast Guard includes five tours of duty at sea and a number of shore-based positions. He has seen sea duty as the executive officer of the 110-ft. patrol boat “Liberty,” stationed in Juneau, Alaska, and as captain of the 110 “Monomoy,” out of Woods Hole, Mass.

Kelly has also served as the executive officer on the 270-ft. “Spencer,” which saw security duty in New York Harbor following 9/11 and was then assigned to the Navy’s Six Fleet and participated in blockade duty during the initial stages of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” During this time, the “Spencer” also saw duty in the Black Sea, the Ukraine and the Mediterranean.

Kelly was then appointed commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School in New London, Conn. He has also served as the commanding officer of the 270-ft. U.S.C.G. Cutter Seneca, which patrolled from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean.

While on patrol off the coast of Cuba, the “Seneca” served as the command vessel for a combined strike force of the U.S.C.G., Immigration Dept. and DEA, which broke up a large-scale Cuban smuggling ring of both immigrants and narcotics.

Capt Kelly is married to Angie Kelly and has two teenage sons, Patrick and Tyler.

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