Coast Guard Cutter Spencer holds change of command ceremony

Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presides over the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer’s transfer of command during a time-honored ceremony held in Boston, Monday, July 10, 2017. During the ceremony, command of the Spencer was transferred from Cmdr. Peter Niles to Cmdr. John McTamney. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham.

Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presides over the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer’s transfer of command during a ceremony held in Boston, Monday, July 10, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham.

BOSTON — Coast Guard Cmdr. John McTamney relieved Cmdr. Peter Niles as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Monday during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Boston.

Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presided over the ceremony.

Niles will report for duty to Force Readiness Command as the chief of the afloat readiness and training branch.

McTamney was previously assigned to the Office of Defense Operations, in Washington, D.C.

“I am extremely impressed with where Commander Niles has taken this ship, and I will do everything in my power to keep his legacy moving forward,” said McTamney, new commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Spencer. “I pledge to have the crew’s best interest at heart for the next two years, and to ensure Spencer continues its fine tradition of mission excellence.”

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 Spencer is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, with a crew complement of 102 (88 enlisted and 14 officers).

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