Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crew receives new commanding officer

5th Coast Guard District News
Portsmouth,  VA – Cmdr. Clinton Carlson relieved Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto as commanding officer of the Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Tampa during a change of command ceremony Thursday at Base Portsmouth.

Carlson recently served as the executive officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin homeported in Charleston, S.C. He is a 1990 graduate from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

“What a wonderful opportunity it has been to serve as the commanding officer aboard the Tampa the last few years,” said Polizzotto. “The weight of the responsibility in being the commanding officer was always in my mind to ensure crews like this will always be ready to complete all Coast Guard missions.”

During Polizzotto’s two years serving as the commanding officer the crew aboard the Tampa was underway for more than 300 days, interdicted 13,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $197 million, detained 27 drug smugglers and rescued eight mariners.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained and is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of command. It conveys to the officers, enlisted members, civilian employees and auxiliary members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by a leader and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

Cmdr. Clinton Carlson, the new Coast Guard Cutter Tampa commanding officer, shakes hands with Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained and is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of command. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn" alt="Cmdr. Clinton Carlson, the new Coast Guard Cutter Tampa commanding officer, shakes hands with Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained and is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of command. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn

Cmdr. Clinton Carlson, the new Coast Guard Cutter Tampa commanding officer, shakes hands with Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto during a change of command ceremony at Base Portsmouth, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn

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