ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Coast Guard Station Atlantic City held a change-of-command ceremony Thursday.
Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore transferred the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer to Lt. Noel Johnson during the ceremony.
Capt. Benjamin Cooper, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, in Philadelphia, presided over the ceremony.
Moore will transfer to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Johnson takes command of the station after serving at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Station Atlantic City is crewed by 52 active duty men and women, as well as 22 enlisted reservists. The unit also draws support from five Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas.
The crew’s missions include search and rescue, law enforcement and environmental protection for approximately 250 square miles of ocean, back bays and inlets.
The unit also operates a seasonal rescue station, Station Great Egg, in nearby Ocean City. Together the units conduct about 400 search and rescue cases a year.
The change-of-command ceremony is a time honored naval tradition that formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.
The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and is part of the Department of Homeland Security. It is unique among federal agencies in that it is at all times an armed service, while also a humanitarian, regulatory, law enforcement, environmental and emergency management agency.