Coast Guard Cutter Beluga To Hold Change of Command Ceremony

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Beluga, home ported in Norfolk, Va, will have a change of command ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. at Coast Guard Station Little Creek, Va.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeffery D. Cole, officer-in-charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Beluga, will be relieved by Senior Chief Petty Officer Matthew J. Coppola, an 18-year Coast Guard veteran.

Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf will be speaking at the ceremony.

The Beluga, with an 11-person crew, is primarily responsible for search and rescue, homeland security and law enforcement. It was commissioned in 2000 and is capable of reaching 25-knots.

Coppola comes to the Beluga from an assignment as executive petty officer of Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, in Freeport, New York. Cole will assume command of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Coho, in Panama City, Fla.

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