Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay holds Change of Command

Coast Guard Lt. Kristopher Valdez, the new commanding officer of the Penobscot Bay, salutes Capt. Michael Day, Commander, Coast Guard Sector New York, during the Penobscot Bay’s change-of-command ceremony in Bayonne, New Jersey, June 12, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons)

Lt. Kristopher Valdez, salutes Capt. Michael Day, during the Penobscot Bay’s change-of-command ceremony in Bayonne, New Jersey, June 12, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons)

NEW YORK — Coast Guard Lt. Kristopher Valdez relieved Lt. Jonathan Tice as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay Friday during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team New York.

Capt. Michael Day, Commander, Coast Guard Sector New York presided over the ceremony.

Tice will report to George Washington University for graduate school.

Valdez was previously assigned to the Coast Guard Office of International Affairs and Foreign Policy in Washington, D.C.

The change of command ceremony is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to officers and enlisted personnel of the cutter that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

The Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay is a 140-foot domestic icebreaker, with a crew complement of approximately 18 (15 enlisted and 3 officers).

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