Coast Guard Cutter Eagle holds change of command ceremony in New York Harbor

Vice Adm. William 'Dean' Lee, the Atlantic Area commander, presides over the change-of-command ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Friday, June 12, 2015. Capt. Matt Meilstrup officially relieved Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver as commanding officer of the Eagle during the ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Pamela J. Boehland)

Vice Adm. William ‘Dean’ Lee, the Atlantic Area commander, presides over the change-of-command ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Friday, June 12, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Pamela J. Boehland)

NEW YORK — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle held a change of command ceremony aboard the Eagle while at anchor near the Statue of Liberty Friday evening.

Capt. Matt Meilstrup assumed responsibility as commanding officer of Eagle from Capt Raymond ‘Wes’ Pulver in the change of command ceremony.

Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee, commander of Atlantic Area, presided over the ceremony.

“I applaud the outgoing Commanding Officer, Capt. Pulver, who over the past three years has trained thousands of Cadets and Officer Candidates, and has made an indelible mark on the proud history of our Barque Eagle,” said Lee.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally restates the continuity of command – the transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another.

The ceremony affords personnel of the command, guests and the community at large to recognize the achievements and service of the commanding officer, while at the same time welcoming aboard the prospective commanding officer.

The Eagle is currently deployed in support of the 2015 cadet summer training program. EAGLE moored at the Atlantic Salt Co. Pier today and is slated to depart New York on Tuesday.

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