Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley to hold Change of Command ceremony underway

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard Cmdr. Andrew Raiha will relieve Cmdr. Kevin A. Jones as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a change of command ceremony held on the flight deck the Haley while the cuter is underway in the vicinity of Cold Bay, Alaska, at 12:45 pm, Friday.

Raiha is coming from the Afloat Training Group Atlantic where he oversaw Tailored Afloat Cutter Training for 38 Atlantic Area and district cutters as the Coast Guard liaison officer. His prior afloat tours include Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cuter Fir 2005-2008, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay, 1998-2001, Executive Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Ironwood, 1996-1998 and Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant of the Coast Guard Cutter Yocona, 1991-1993.

Jones will go on to Afloat Training Group Pacific in San Diego, where he will serve as the senior Coast Guard liaison officer.

The ceremony will be presided over by Vice Adm. David Pekoske.

A change of command ceremony is a time honored naval tradition, which formally recognizes the total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another, and restates to the officers and crew of the unit, the continuity and authority of command.

The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is a 283-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. Haley’s missions include search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and international and domestic fisheries law enforcement.

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