Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil holds change of command

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE – Chief Warrant Officer John Rice assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil from Lt. William Birch during a ceremony at Muriel Williams Waterfront Park in Poulsbo, Wash., July 26, 2013.

The ceremony was presided over by Cmdr. Thomas P. Sullivan, commanding officer of Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor.

Rice was previously assigned as first lieutenant aboard ­­­­­­­­­­­CGC Boutwell, homeported in San Diego.

Birch will report to Civil Engineering Unit Providence, R.I.

CGC Sea Devil is an 87-foot Patrol boat homeported in Bangor, Wash. The crew works with various other Coast Guard and Naval units assigned to Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor. CGC Sea Devil operates in a joint-operation environment to enforce naval vessel protection zones and protect special high-value units in local transit areas.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates to the officers and crew of the command the continuity of the authority vested in the commanding officer. This unique military ritual represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one leader to the next.

Chief Warrant Officer John D. Rice (left) salutes Lt. William J. Birch (right) as he relieves Birch as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil, an 87-foot patrol boat assigned to Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, at a change of command ceremony held at the Muriel Williams Waterfront Park in Poulsbo, Wash., July 26, 2013. The formal change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that includes an inspection of the ship's crew and the reading of both the oncoming and off-going commanding officers' official orders. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson.

Chief Warrant Officer John D. Rice (left) salutes Lt. William J. Birch (right) as he relieves Birch as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil, an 87-foot patrol boat assigned to Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, at a change of command ceremony held at the Muriel Williams Waterfront Park in Poulsbo, Wash., July 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson. — Click photo for more pictures from the ceremony

 

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