Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark gets new commanding officer

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
EVERETT, Wash. – Lt. j.g. Elizabeth Kates assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark from Lt. Nathan Wojcik, the Blue Shark’s previous commanding officer, during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Everett, July 17, 2013.

The change-of-command ceremony was presided over by Capt. Scott Ferguson, commander of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

Kates was previously assigned as first lieutenant aboard Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, a 210-foot Reliance class cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Wojcik will attend the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley under the Coast Guard Financial Management program.

Blue Shark is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported here. The crew of Blue Shark are involved in a multitude of missions including homeland security, search and rescue, recreational boating safety, port safety and security, and law enforcement including: alien migrant interdiction, pollution prevention, marine sanctuary protection, drug interdiction and fisheries enforcement.

In preparation for Blue Shark’s change-of-command ceremony, crewmembers set up chairs, tents, tables and podiums. Food service specialists from Blue Shark and its neighboring vessel Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, a 175-foot buoy tender based out of Naval Station Everett, prepared a large assortment of food for the reception following the ceremony.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates to the officers and crew of the command the continuity of the authority vested in the commanding officer. This unique military ritual represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one leader to the next.

Photos from the ceremony and celebration can be seen on the Coast Guard News Flickr page.

Lt. Nathan Wojcik and Lt. j.g. Elizabeth Kates inspect the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark, an 87-foot Patrol Boat home-ported at Naval Station Everett, Wash., during the cutter's change of command ceremony July 17, 2013. During the ceremony, Kates relieved Wojcik as Blue Shark's commanding officer. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls.)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/973821/cgc-blue-shark-change-command-ceremony#.UecyhWT71ws#ixzz2ZLqBf8EY

Lt. Nathan Wojcik and Lt. j.g. Elizabeth Kates inspect the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark, an 87-foot Patrol Boat home-ported at Naval Station Everett, Wash., during the cutter’s change of command ceremony July 17, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls.

 

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