Coast Guard Cutter Mellon holds change-of-command ceremony

Capt. Darran McLenon (right) salutes Capt. Jose Jiménez (left) as Vice Adm. Charles Ray (center) presides over the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon’s change of command ceremony in Seattle, July 31, 2015. The salute symbolized the transfer of command from Jiménez to McLenon. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross)

Capt. Darran McLenon (right) salutes Capt. Jose Jiménez (left)during the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon’s change of command ceremony in Seattle, July 31, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross)

SEATTLE — Capt. Darran McLenon relieved Capt. Jose Jiménez as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, Friday.

McLenon’s previous assignment was as the Pacific Area chief of cutter forces, where he was involved in providing coastal, offshore tactical and strategic support to Pacific area districts, Department of Defense partners and maritime patrol forces.

Jiménez has been assigned as chief of response, Coast Guard 8th District in New Orleans, La.

“It is totally my honor to have you here today as I turn over command to Captain McLenon,” said Jiménez. “I certainly could not have done it without the great performances and sacrifices made by my crew and the support of many individuals here.”

Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, was commissioned January 9, 1968, and named after 49th Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon.

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