Coast Guard Cutter Bear holds Change of Command

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Cmdr. Andrew D. Meverden relieved Capt. David W. Ramassini of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth Monday.

Meverden reports from the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche in Alameda, California, where he served as the Executive Officer.

Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander, presided over the change of command ceremony
Ramassini is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. Throughout his career, he has served aboard seven cutters.

Cmdr. Andrew D. Meverden relieved Capt. David W. Ramassini of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth July 14, 2014.

Cmdr. Andrew D. Meverden relieved Capt. David W. Ramassini of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth July 14, 2014.

During Ramassini’s two year tenure, Bear conducted multiple patrols in support of Operations Southeast Watch, Unified Resolve, Caribe Venture, and Martillo; disrupting illegal activity throughout the Caribbean Sea, responding to multiple search and rescue cases, while seamless working with a multitude of U.S. Navy, and international partners.

Bear’s humanitarian care of 18 Cuban migrants, interdiction and safe repatriation of over 37 Haitian migrants and the disruption of 16 metric tons of contraband valued at over $300 million are only a few of the ways Bear contributed to the Coast Guard’s and Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to secure our borders and combat transnational crime.

Ramassini will be reporting to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.

The change-command-ceremony is a revered military tradition, which formally restates the continuity and authority of command. It is a formal custom conducted before the assembled crew, and confirms to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

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