Coast Guard Cutter Mako crew holds change of command ceremony in Cape May, NJ

CAPE MAY, N.J. ─ The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Mako, a coastal patrol boat homeported here, held a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Thursday.

During the ceremony, Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher C. Lombard relinquished command of the Mako and crew to Senior Chief Petty Officer William D. Hollandsworth.

Hollandsworth is reporting from Jacksonville, Fla., where he served as executive officer aboard the 175-foot Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray, a Keeper class coastal buoy tender.

The Mako is a multi-mission vessel capable of conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, security and environmental protection operations. As the Coast Guard continues to modernize its fleet, the ability of the command and crew to perform a range of domestic and military operations is increasingly essential.

The change of command ceremony is a formal naval tradition, which includes the transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another.

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