MSU Morgan City


 Commanding Officer: Cdmr. Heather Mattern
    Cmdr. Heather R. Mattern is from Dillsburg, PA and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1998. Her first assignment was as an Engineering Officer onboard the multi-mission, 378’ USCGC SHERMAN. Her nearly three year assignment concluded with a six-month patrol during which the ship circumnavigated the world. She was then assigned to Marine Safety Office Philadelphia in July 2001 as a Marine Inspector. There, she was in charge of plan review and new construction oversight for U.S. flag vessels. In the summer of 2005 she was stationed at Activities Europe in Rotterdam, Netherlands as a Senior Marine Inspector. She completed inspections and investigations throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle East assuring the safety of vessels operating internationally and in U.S. waters.

In July of 2013 she was assigned to Sector New York as the Chief of Inspections Division where she supervised over 40 marine inspectors and was in charge of regulating a commercial fleet responsible for carrying 60 million passengers and $210 billion in port cargo annually.

Cmdr. Mattern attended Naval Postgraduate School from 2009 to 2011 where she received her Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Her thesis work, focused on welding and corrosion in the marine environment, earned her the Surface Navy Association’s Award for Excellence in Warfare Research and the Naval Sea Systems and Naval Mechanical Engineering Award. After graduation she worked in the Office of Design and Engineering Standards at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C, where she worked on novel designs for commercial vessels and various regulation projects. Her work included notable contributions to the current Offshore Supply Vessel regulations and early Arctic environment design standards.


 Executive Officer: Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Newton

Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Newton is from Woodstock, GA and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2005 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology and Chemistry. Her first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer (DWO) on the 1944 built, USCGC MACKINAW (WAGB-83), known as the “Queen of the Great Lakes”, in Cheboygan, MI. There she conducted ice breaking operations on the Great Lakes and oversaw the decommissioning of the MACKINAW in 2006. She then transferred from the Coast Guard’s oldest icebreaker to the newest and largest ice breaker, assuming the responsibilities as a DWO on the USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20), in Seattle, WA, from 2006-2008. There she conducted and assisted in the pursuit of scientific research on 6 month deployments to the Arctic Ocean.


Lt. Cmdr. Newton attended the University of Rhode Island from 2008 to 2010 where she earned her Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation she worked in the Office of Hazardous Materials Division at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  There she was responsible for developing, interpreting, and maintaining regulations, standards and industry guidance on the marine transportation of Packaged Hazardous Materials and Bulk Solid Materials. She was also a member of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee and a member of the U.S. delegation at the International Maritime Organization in London, England.


Lt. Cmdr. Newton was assigned to Sector New York in 2013 as a Marine Inspector and Port State Control Examiner in the East Coast’s largest commercial port. She also served as the Assistant Chief of Inspections Division where she supervised over 40 marine inspectors and oversaw over 1800 vessel inspections yearly for a commercial fleet of over 900 vessels.

 In June 2016, she was assigned as the Supervisor of the Marine Safety Detachment St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where she led a multi-mission, isolated overseas unit. As the senior Coast Guard officer in the USVI, she was responsible for the execution of port safety, security, maritime domain awareness, marine environmental response, and coordination with federal, territorial, and local agencies.