Maine cutter to hold change of command

KITTERY, Maine – A change of command ceremony is scheduled for the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell at 10 a.m., at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Friday.

Cmdr. Scott W. Clendenin, will assume responsibility as commanding officer of Campbell from Cmdr. Jim L. Munro, Jr., in a time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Munro, Campbell’s commanding officer for the past two years, will transfer to his new position at the American Embassy in Panama as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer.

Clendenin was previously the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Cryptologic Group in Ft. Meade, Md.

Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area and Coast Guard’s Defense Force East, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

The ceremony is designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command which is vital to any military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute, and transfer responsibility of the command. This provides the entire command an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility and know that the officer directed to take command is doing so under the proper authority.

Coast Guard Cutter Campbell is a 270-foot ship, with has a crew of 100 active-duty personnel who carry out homeland security, search and rescue, and law enforcement missions.

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