Coast Guard Cutter Healy holds Change of Command

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE — Capt. John D. Reeves relieved Capt. Beverly A. Havlik as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot polar icebreaker homeported in Seattle, during an official change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013.

Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Force West, presided over the ceremony.

Reeves is a 1992 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, and a native of Fairbanks, Alaska. His previous assignments include five underway tours including two aboard Healy as the engineer officer and executive officer. Reeves reports to Healy from Naval Engineering Support Unit, Seattle, where he served as commanding officer and provided shoreside engineering support to the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet in the Seattle area.

Havlik, a native of Nashua, Iowa, and a 1987 graduate of Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, completes six afloat tours including two other commanding officer assignments. Havlik will report to Coast Guard Headquarters and assume the duties of deputy assistant commandant for capabilities.

Healy, commissioned in 2000, is the nation’s newest and largest U.S. polar icebreaker. The cutter is 420 feet long and has extensive scientific capabilities. Homeported in Seattle, the cutter has a permanent crew of 81. In addition, as a Coast Guard cutter, Healy is capable of other operations such as search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions.

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.

Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Force West, presents Capt. Beverly A. Havlik, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Healy, with a Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. During the ceremony, Havlik was relieved as commanding officer and will assume the duties of deputy assistant commandant for capabilities in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Force West, presents Capt. Beverly A. Havlik, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Healy, with a Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Capt. Beverly A. Havlik and Capt. John D. Reeves inspect the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during Healy's change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. During the ceremony, Reeves assumed the duties and responsibilities of Healy's commanding officer from Havlik. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Crystal Saladino.

Capt. Beverly A. Havlik and Capt. John D. Reeves inspect the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during Healy’s change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Crystal Saladino.

Capt. John D. Reeves (right) assumes the duties as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy from Capt. Beverly A Havlik (left), during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. The change-of-command ceremony signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Capt. John D. Reeves (right) assumes the duties as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy from Capt. Beverly A Havlik (left), during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Master Chief Petty Officer Marcus R. Lippmann (right) presents Capt. Beverly A. Havlik, deputy assistant commandant for capabilities, with a commissioning pennant during a change-of-command ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Healy at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. During the ceremony, Capt. John D. Reeves relieved Havlik as commanding officer of Healy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Master Chief Petty Officer Marcus R. Lippmann (right) presents Capt. Beverly A. Havlik, deputy assistant commandant for capabilities, with a commissioning pennant during a change-of-command ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Healy at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

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