Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick holds change of command

The families of the incoming and outgoing commanding officers for the USCGC John McCormick (WPC 1121) take a photo in front of the 154-foot Fast Response Cutter following a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan in Ketchikan, Alaska, June 15, 2018. Lt. Tim Ozimek relieved Lt. Mike Moyseowicz as commanding officer of the John McCormick. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The families of the incoming and outgoing commanding officers for the cutter John McCormick take a photo following a change of command ceremony June 15, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Lt. Tim Ozimek relieved Lt. Mike Moyseowicz as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick in a change of command ceremony Friday afternoon at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan.

Capt. Stephen White, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, served as presiding official as the command of the ship passed from its inaugural skipper to a successor.

The Coast Guard commissioned the Cutter John McCormick in Ketchikan April 12, 2017. Built under the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program, the John McCormick is the first of two fast response cutters homeported in Ketchikan and the first to be homeported in the Pacific Area. Four more fast response cutters are scheduled to be homeported in Alaska.

“Tim is a great friend, and I am so happy to be leaving the ship in such good hands. When I look back on my time on the Mighty Johnny Mac, I’m not going to remember the boardings, I’m not going to remember all the tours, the inspections, the paperwork. I’m going to remember the people,” said Moyseowicz. “I’m going to remember the days of service alongside some of the finest the world’s greatest Coast Guard has to offer. This tour has been the greatest honor of my professional career, and to the crew of the Mighty Johnny Mac, I thank you all for making it possible.”

The change of command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

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