Coast Guard Cutter Wire holds change of command ceremony

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jason Cross relieved Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas Cairns, former officer in charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Wire, during a change of command ceremony in Saugerties, N.Y., Friday.

Capt. Gordon Loebl, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York, was the presiding official over the time-honored ceremony.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wire’s 7-person crew is responsible for domestic icebreaking, port security, search and rescue, aids to navigation and law enforcement operations. The Wire, a 65-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Saugerties, N.Y., was built in 1963.

Cairns, a native of Chicopee, Mass., will be reporting to the Coast Guard Cutter Pelican, an 87-foot patrol boat home ported in Abbeville, La.

Cross, a native of Wilmington, Vt., reports from Station Port O’Conner, Texas, where he served as executive petty officer.

The change of command ceremony is a formal, time-honored ceremony conducted before the assembled officers and enlisted persons of a command that formally restates the continuing authority of that command. The change of command is a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another.

Photos of the ceremony may be seen at the Coast Guard New Flickr page.

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