Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis to hold change of command ceremony

NEWPORT, R.I.– A change of command ceremony is schedule for the Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis Friday at Newport Naval Station pier two, at 10 a.m., in Newport, R.I.

Chief Warrant Officer David B. Dixon will assume responsibility as commanding officer of the Ida Lewis from Chief Warrant Officer Douglas E. Tribou, in a time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Tribou, Ida Lewis’s commanding officer since June of 2006, will retire to North Carolina after more than 30 years of Coast Guard service.

Dixon, was previously the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell in Portland, Oregon.

Rear Adm. Dale G. Gabel, commander of the First Coast Guard District, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

The ceremony is designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command, which is vital to any military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute, and transfer responsibility of the command. This provides the entire command an opportunity to witness this transfer or responsibility and know that the officer directed to take command is doing so under the proper authority.

Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis is a 175-foot ship responsible for missions ranging from buoy tending to law enforcement.

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