Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba holds change of command in Boston

Cmdr. Michael Turdo (left) relieves Cmdr. Patrick Peschka (right) of command of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston, Ma. Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, (middle) Atlantic Area Commander presided over the time-honored military change of command ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Karen Love Kutkiewicz.

Cmdr. Michael Turdo (left) relieves Cmdr. Patrick Peschka (right) of command of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston, Ma. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Karen Love Kutkiewicz.

BOSTON — Coast Guard Cmdr. Michael Turdo relieved Cmdr. Patrick Peschka as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Wednesday during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Boston.

Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area presided over the ceremony.

“We could not have succeeded in the variety of missions we were tasked with, from search and rescue, to living marine resource boardings, to drug interdiction missions, without the hard work and sacrifice of the crew and their families,” said Peschka.

Peschka will report to the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Turdo was previously assigned as the Chief of Professional Maritime Studies at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The change of command ceremony is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to officers and enlisted personnel of the cutter that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, with a crew complement of approximately 100 (86 enlisted and 14 officers).

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