Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to hold change of command

COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard Capt. Michael Haycock will relieve Capt. Matt Bliven as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, during a change of command ceremony here at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Bliven, who has been Sherman’s commanding officer since June 2007, was responsible for Sherman’s effective engagement in Coast Guard search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security operations across 74 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. This responsibility included the performance and safety of 162 crewmembers. Upon completion of his duties aboard Sherman, he will transfer to the Coast Guard’s new Force Readiness Command here.

Haycock recently departed Washington D.C., where he worked in the Coast Guard’s Acquisition staff as the national security cutter project manager.

Coast Guard Pacific Area Deputy Commander Rear Adm. Tim Sullivan will preside over the ceremony.

A change of command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition, which formally restates to the officers and crew of a unit, the continuity and authority of command and is unique in the world today. It involves the total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Coast Guard Cutter Sherman is a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported here.

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