Coast Guard Cutters Key Biscayne and Kodiak Island hold joint change of command ceremony

7th Coast Guard District NewsKEY WEST, Fla. – A joint change of command ceremony was held at Sector Key West Thursday evening for the Coast Guard Cutters Key Biscayne and Kodiak Island.

Lt. Jared Trusz relieved Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas Kalin of command of the cutter Key Biscayne and Lt. Neal Armstrong relieved Lt. Sky Holm of command of the cutter Kodiak Island during a time-honored military tradition to formally transfer command.

The relieved commanding officers received Coast Guard Commendation Medals recognizing their service and performance of duty.

The cutters Key Biscayne and Kodiak Island are 110-foot Island-Class Cutters homeported in Key West. The cutters patrol the Straits of Florida and the Western Caribbean.

During Kalin and Holm’s successful commands, the cutters collectively deployed for approximately 7,500 hours underway. Their crews interdicted 363 migrants and executed multiple search and rescue cases.

Kalin is headed for Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Civil Engineering, and Holm is headed for Florida State University, Performance Technology Postgraduate Program.

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