Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast holds change of command

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SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast held a change-of-command ceremony at the Museum of History and Industry Tuesday at 10 a.m.

During the ceremony, Capt. Charles Alcock transfered command to Cmdr. John Bitterman. Rear Adm. Charles Ray, Commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony.

Capt. Alcock has served as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast since July 2012, and will report to Honolulu as the Chief of Planning and Force Readiness for the Coast Guard’s 14th District.

Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, stands with Capt. Charles G. Alcock (left), former commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, and Cmdr. John R. Bitterman, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, during a change-of-command ceremony at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, after Bitterman assumed command from Alcock, July 15, 2014. Bitterman’s previous assignment was as the Coast Guard Police Attache in Bogota, Colombia. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, stands with Capt. Charles G. Alcock (left) and Cmdr. John R. Bitterman, during a change-of-command ceremony July 15, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Cmdr. Bitterman recently served at Coast Guard Police Attaché in Bogota, Colombia. His past afloat assignments include Coast Guard Cutters Clover, Rush, Alert, Steadfast, and commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Edisto. In addition to his afloat assignments, Cmdr. Bitterman also served on the Law Enforcement Team 8-G, Galveston, Texas, and at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is attended by all members of the unit so they all witness the transfer of leadership.

Medium endurance cutters like the Steadfast are built for multi-week offshore patrols including operations requiring enhanced communications, and helicopter and pursuit boat operations, which provide a key capability for homeland security missions at sea.

Click the photo for more from the ceremony.

 

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