Coast Guard Cutter Haddock welcomes new commanding officer

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SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock received a new commanding officer during a change-of-command ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Diego Friday morning.

During the ceremony, Lt. Anthony Myers transferred command of the cutter to Lt. j.g. Katie Spira.

Lt. j.g. Katie Spira assumes command of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock from Lt. Anthony Myers during a change-of-command ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Diego July 11, 2014.  The Haddock is an 87-foot patrol boat based in San Diego. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

Lt. j.g. Katie Spira assumes command of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock from Lt. Anthony Myers during a change-of-command ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Diego July 11, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

Capt. Sean Mahoney, commander of Sector San Diego, presided over the ceremony.

Myers has commanded the Haddock since 2012 and is departing for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute.

Spira previously served as executive officer of Coast Guard Cutter Adak in Manama, Bahrain.

The Haddock is an 87-foot Marine Protector Class Patrol Boat that was commissioned in 2002. Haddock’s crew patrols the waters from the Unites States/Mexico border to Los Angeles and offshore up to 200 nautical miles, where they carry out their primary missions of search and rescue, homeland security, and law enforcement

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command from one individual to another.

Click the photo for more from the ceremony.

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