Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
BANGOR, Wash. – Chief Warrant Officer Stephen C. Pollock assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox from Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey M. Zappen, the Sea Fox’s previous commanding officer, during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., July 19, 2013.

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

Chief Warrant Officer Stephen C. Pollock previously served as commanding officer of Station Eatons Neck, NY.

Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey M. Zappen will report to Coast Guard Cutter Midget, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, as first lieutenant.

Sea Fox is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported here. The mission of Sea Fox and crew is to provide protection of other vessels as part of ports, waterways, and coastal security.

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.

Photos from the ceremony can be viewed here.

Members of a change of command official party for Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox, an 87-foot patrol boat home-ported in Bangor, Wash., salute during the national anthem, July 19, 2013. The change of command ceremony is a formal, time-honored tradition of Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls

Members of a change of command official party for Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox, an 87-foot patrol boat home-ported in Bangor, Wash., salute during the National Anthem, July 19, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls

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