Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin holds change of command

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Lt. j.g. Gregory Bernstein succeeds Lt. Katie J. Thompson as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, an 87-foot patrol boat stationed in Bellingham, Wash., during a change-of-command ceremony at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Friday.

Bernstein previously served as a deck watch officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis in Honolulu. Thompson has completed her last tour on active duty. She will leave the Coast Guard to work for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Capt. Scott Ferguson, commander of Sector Puget Sound, Wash., presided over the ceremony.

The change-of-command ceremony is a historic Coast Guard and Naval tradition. The event, which has remained unchanged for centuries, includes a reading of the command orders in the presence of all unit crew members.

Lt. j.g. Gregory Bernstein relieves former commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, Lt. Katie Thompson, of her duties during a change of command ceremony at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, June 6, 2013. Terrapin will be Bernstein's first unit as commanding officer. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls)

Lt. j.g. Gregory Bernstein relieves former commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, Lt. Katie Thompson, of her duties during a change of command ceremony at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, June 6, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls)

 

Photos from the ceremony may be viewed at the CoastGuardNews Flickr page.

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