Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell to hold change-of-command ceremony

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell, a 100-foot inland buoy tender home-ported in Portland, Ore., stands wearing their service dress blue uniforms in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 3, 2013. The master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard, to raise awareness of sexual assault awareness month, requested that all chief petty officers wear their service dress blue uniforms and the Bluebell's crew took the initiative to each wear it. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Caleb Porter)WARRENTON, Ore. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony at Marine Safety Unit Portland, Friday.

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Placido will transfer command to Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Boss during a ceremony presided over by Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander, Coast Guard 13th District.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. All available unit personnel attend the ceremony to witness the transfer of command.

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