Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma to hold Change of Command Ceremony

1st Coast Guard District News
KITTERY, Maine – The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma crew will receive a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony June 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. aboard the cutter, moored at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, will preside over the ceremony.

Tahoma’s current commanding officer, Cmdr. Jim Spotts of Litchfield, N.H., will be assigned to the Washington, D.C. area.

Cmdr. Christopher Mooradian of Portland, Maine will assume command of the Tahoma. Mooradian previously served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the First Coast Guard District in Boston.

During Spotts’ tenure as commanding officer the Tahoma, the crew took part in several noteworthy operations. Tahoma’s crew was one of the first units to respond to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. While participating in Operation Unified Response the crews of Tahoma and Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk established an improvised trauma center that provided emergency medical care to more than 500 people and transported 187 of the most severe cases to hospitals. Additionally, Tahoma’s crew interdicted more than 1,500 kilograms of cocaine and 3,600 kilograms of marijuana (valued at more than $35 million), and rescued more than 200 undocumented aliens from un-seaworthy vessels.

Tahoma is a 270-foot cutter home ported in Kittery, Maine. Tahoma’s primary missions include maritime law enforcement, migrant operations, search and rescue and drug interdiction.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition that ensures the continuity of command. It is a formal ceremony conducted before the entire crew. The ceremony marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability for the cutter and the accomplishment of its assigned mission. It is conducted according to a formally prescribed ritual, to honor and maintain traditions of the service.

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