Coast Guard Cutter Legare holds Change of Command

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Cmdr. Todd Vance assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare from Cmdr. Kevin King during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth Thursday.

Vance is reporting from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as the executive assistant to the deputy for operations policy and capabilities.

King is a native of West Brookfield, Massachusetts and a 1994 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Throughout his 20-year career he has served aboard four cutters.

Cmdr. Todd Vance assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare from Cmdr. Kevin King during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth on Thursday June 19, 2014. The Legare is one of six 270-foot medium endurance cutters based in Portsmouth. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn)

Cmdr. Todd Vance assumes the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare from Cmdr. Kevin King during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth on Thursday June 19, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn

During his two years aboard the Legare King led more than 100 personnel safely through numerous evolutions vital to the completion of the Coast Guard missions. In August 2012 he led the crew aboard the 210-foot cutter near the coast of Louisiana to support the Eighth Coast Guard District and Sector New Orleans during response and recovery operations after Hurricane Isaac made landfall. He also led his crew through five southern patrols resulting in the seizure of 6.1 metric tons of cocaine valued at $201.3 million and the detention of 30 suspected smugglers.

King’s next assignment will be the deputy chief of incident management for the Coast Guard First District in Boston.

The change-of-command ceremony is a revered military tradition, which formally restates the continuity and authority of command. It is a formal custom conducted before the assembled crew, and confirms to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

The Legare is one of six 270-foot medium durance cutters based in Portsmouth. The ship is named after is named after Hugh Swinton Legare, who was the 16th Attorney General of the United States. Legare’s missions include search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and drug and migrant interdiction.

The Legare is slated to be replaced by a new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters that will be able to carry out the Coast Guard’s maritime security and safety missions. The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interagency interoperability. Its advanced technical features include modern sensors and enhanced surveillance capabilities necessary to detect threats far from U.S. shores and meet the demands of the Coast Guard’s homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement and other vital missions.

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