Coast Guard holds disestablishment ceremony for 20-year-old units

Story and photos by Chief Warrant Officer Lois A. Bonner

Official party at disestablishment ceremony

The official party is shown at the disestablishment ceremony of Naval Engineering Support Unit (NESU) and Electronic Systems Support Unit (ESU) Portsmouth, Thursday, June 20, 2013.

On June 20, a disestablishment ceremony was held aboard Coast Guard Base Portsmouth in order to observe a milestone transition and celebrate the distinguished histories of two decade-old units.  Unifying all mission support delivery into a single entity, Naval Engineering Support Unit (NESU) and Electronic Systems Support Unit (ESU) Portsmouth, upon disestablishment, became departments under Base Portsmouth. 

Rear Adm. Ronal Rábago, the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4), presided over the festivities, which included recognizing the departure of Cmdr. Brian Melvin, the commanding officer of NESU Portsmouth, as he executed his transfer orders after his three-year tenure.

As a continuation of the Coast Guard’s 1987 reorganization and the establishment of the Maintenance and Logistics Commands (MLCs), Ship Repair Detachment Portsmouth was established in 1990 and was commissioned as a Command and renamed Naval Engineering Support Unit Portsmouth, Va.  The NESU was MLC Atlantic’s direct liaison with area cutters for matters relating to maintenance and logistics and serviced the entire 5th District which included the following Groups: Philadelphia, Cape May, Baltimore, Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Cape Hatteras and Fort Macon.

Electronic Systems Support Unit Portsmouth was first established as an independent command Feb. 1, 1996, under the direction of the newly-formed MLC.  They oversee electronic, telecommunication and information systems support at Coast Guard units and unmanned facilities in the mid-Atlantic spanning from southern New Jersey to North Carolina, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and Coast Guard Activities Europe.

NESU and ESU Portsmouth share a proud  history of providing outstanding customer service but embrace the organizational improvement with enthusiasm.  The quality and character of their exceptional & unique service delivery will remain unchanged.

Photo of Rear Adm. Ronald Rabago

Rear Adm. Ronald Rabago, the the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4), speaks to ceremony attendees at the disestablishment ceremony of Naval Engineering Support Unit (NESU) and Electronic Systems Support Unit (ESU) Portsmouth, Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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