Cutter Katherine Walker Change of Command on Friday

New York – The Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walke will be holding a change of command ceremony in Bayonne, NJ on Friday August 1, at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will recognize the change of command from Lt. Amy Florentino to Lt. Daniel Twomey.

Twomey, a Golden Valley, Minn., native, is reporting from the Coast Guard Cutter Maple, where he served as the executive officer.  The Maple is home ported in Sitka, AK.  Twomey enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1988.  He served 13 years in operations, both afloat and ashore.  He advanced to Chief Petty Officer prior to accepting a commission as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2002, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006.

Florentino will enter a Coast Guard sponsored graduate school program. She will earn her Master’s in Business Administration at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

The Katherine Walker’s primary mission is maintaining over 300 floating aids to navigation in and around New York harbor, Long Island Sound, Hudson and East River, the shore of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. As the Coast Guard’s premier maritime command and control platform in the tri-state region, Katherine Walker is used extensively for International and Homeland Security operations as well as other high profile missions including the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks and New York Fleet Week. Katherine Walker also performs search and rescue, ice breaking, and environmental response and protection missions.

The Change of Command Ceremony is a time honored tradition and formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of Command as well as honored guests and dignitaries. The Change of Command is a transfer of responsibility and the authority from one individual to another, formally restating the continuity of the authority of command.

Based on a D1 Public Affairs press release

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