Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 holds Change of Command

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SEATTLE — Cmdr. James R. Hotchkiss assumed command of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 from Capt. Daniel W. Clark during a ceremony held at Naval Station Everett, Saturday.

Capt. Thomas E. Crabbs, chief of Coast Guard Pacific Area operations, presided over the ceremony.

With a salute, Capt. Daniel W. Clark (right) passes his command of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 to Cmdr. James R. Hotchkiss (left) during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Everett, Sept. 20, 2014. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored ceremonial tradition that formally restates the continuing authority of that command and transfers total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls.)

With a salute, Capt. Daniel W. Clark (right) passes his command of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 to Cmdr. James R. Hotchkiss (left) during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Everett, Sept. 20, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Nuckolls.)

Hotchkiss transferred from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as chief of reserve enforcement. Hotchkiss enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1988 and served as a quartermaster in Puerto Rico and California before attending Reserve Officer Candidate Indoctrination training in 1997. Since his commission, the Perris, California native has served in a variety of positions including executive officer of PSU 308 in Gulfport, Mississippi where he deployed to Kuwait in 2010.

Following the transfer of command, Clark will report to the Coast Guard Pacific Area Command future operations branch. Since graduating from Reserve Officer Candidate Indoctrination training in 1992, the Miami, Florida native has deployed to numerous exercises and responses including Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Republic of Korea Combined/Joint Logistics Over the Shore Exercise in 2013.

PSU 313 is comprised of Coast Guard active duty and reserve members from the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana and California. Like the other seven Coast Guard PSUs nation-wide, PSU 313 provides security and protects military and critical infrastructure from acts of terrorism, sabotage, espionage, subversion and direct attack. PSUs employ waterborne and shoreside force protection through their personnel and assets. They can conduct port and harbor operations, security, and defense in support of Department of Defense Combatant Commander operations as well as domestic contingency operations worldwide.

Since PSU 313’s formal commissioning in 1998, crewmembers have been activated in support of World Trade Organization conferences, Department of Defense exercises, the response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and humanitarian missions.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition. Conducted before the assembled unit, this formal military ritual defines the precise instant of transfer of authority, and represents a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from on individual to another.

The formal change-of-command ceremony symbolizes to the maritime community and to command personnel that readiness, service and mission execution will continue seamlessly throughout the command transition.

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