Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin holds change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Capt. Charlene Downey, commanding officer Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach administered the official change-of-command of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin from Lt. Edward Kalankiewicz to Lt. j.g. Alex J. Oswald, July 14, 2017, Santa Barbara, Calif. A change-of-command ceremony is a unique military tradition in which the total responsibility, authority and accountablility of a ship and it's crew is transfered from one individual to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class DaVonte Marrow.

Coast Guard Capt. Charlene Downey, commanding officer Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach administered the official change-of-command of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin from Lt. Edward Kalankiewicz to Lt. j.g. Alex J. Oswald, July 14, 2017, Santa Barbara, Calif.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class DaVonte Marrow.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin received a new commanding officer during a change-of-command ceremony in Santa Barbara, Friday.

Lt. Edward Kalankiewicz, commanding officer of the cutter Blackfin, relinquished command to Lt. j.g. Alex Oswald during a time-honored military tradition that formally transfers and ensures the continuity of command.

Oswald reports to the Blackfin from his previous tour serving as the operations officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maui (WPB 1304), a 110- foot patrol boat, one of six forward deployed U.S. Coast guard patrol boats supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in the Arabian Gulf.

The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin is a Marine Protector Class coastal patrol cutter and is home-ported in Santa Barbara. The Blackfin shares the name of the USS Blackfin (SS-322) a submarine that participated in World War II and the Korean War.

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