Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher holds change of command ceremony

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — A change of command ceremony took place Friday aboard Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville as Lt. j.g. Melissa Martinelli relieved Lt. Morgan Fowler as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher.

The Kingfisher is an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat with primary missions of search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, fisheries enforcement, marine environmental protection, defense readiness; and ports, waterways and coastal security.

Change of command ceremonies are designed to strengthen respect for the continuity of command and are vital to any military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both members read their orders, face one another, salute, and transfer total responsibility for the command.

Lt. j.g. Melissa Martinelli, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher (left) stands beside Capt. Tom Allan, commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, and Lt. Morgan Fowler (right), Friday, July 12, 2013, aboard Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. Allan formally transferred command of the Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher to Martinelli during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Potter).

Lt. j.g. Melissa Martinelli, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher (left) stands beside Capt. Tom Allan, commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, and Lt. Morgan Fowler (right), Friday, July 12, 2013, aboard Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. Allan formally transferred command of the Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher to Martinelli during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Potter).

 

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