Coast Guard Sector New York holds change of command ceremony

Capt. Gordon Loebl (right) and Capt. Michael Day render a hand salute during a change of command ceremony for Coast Guard Sector New York at the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in Manhattan, New York, July 17, 2015. Day relieved Loebl of his duties and responsibilities of the sector as well as Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons)

Capt. Gordon Loebl (right) and Capt. Michael Day render a hand salute during a change of command ceremony for Coast Guard Sector New York, July 17, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons)

NEW YORK — Coast Guard Sector New York held a change of command ceremony at the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in Manhattan, New York, Friday.

Capt. Gordon Loebl, who took command of Sector New York, as well as becoming Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey, in June 2012, was relieved of his duties and responsibilities by Capt. Michael Day.

Day most recently served as the deputy commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.

Sector New York is the largest Coast Guard operational field command on the east coast. With more than 700 active duty personnel and 300 reservists, the Sector is charged with maritime safety, security and stewardship for the Port of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Hudson River.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition, which formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

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