Coast Guard cutters receive new commanding officers in dual ceremony

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SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Petrel and Sea Otter received new officers-in-charge during a unique dual change-of-command ceremony held in San Diego Thursday morning.

During the ceremony, command of the Coast Guard Cutter Petrel was transferred from Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Swiatek to Master Chief Petty Officer John Bowen. Command of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter was transferred from Bowen to Swiatek.

Capt. Sean Mahoney, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Diego, and Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Parks, the chaplain for Sector, look on as Master Chief Petty Officers John Bowen (left), and Chris Swiatek swap command during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, July 10, 2014. Swiatek, the Petrel outgoing officer in charge, took over for Bowen as the officer in charge of the Sea Otter and Bowen took the reigns from Swiatek for the Petrel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Capt. Sean Mahoney, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Diego, and Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Parks, the chaplain for Sector, look on as Master Chief Petty Officers John Bowen (left), and Chris Swiatek swap command during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, July 10, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Capt. Sean Mahoney, commander of Sector San Diego, presided over the ceremony.

The Petrel and Sea Otter are 87-foot Marine Protector Class Patrol Boats that were commissioned in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Their crews patrol the waters from the Unites States/Mexico border to Los Angeles and offshore up to 200 nautical miles, where they carry out their primary missions of search and rescue, homeland security, and law enforcement

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command from one individual to another.

Click the photo for more from the ceremony.

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  1. FRANK WHITE says:

    Thank you for your Great Reports and especially abaut CPT Melloy now on St. Louis, as we know him and his superb engagements so well from in Miami.
    Frank WHITE, FSO-HR, ADIRAUX D7
    (Assistent at AUX Directorate Disyrict 7)