Coast Guard Cutter Halibut to change command

├é┬áMarina Del Rey, Calif. – Lt. j.g. Paul J. Miller will relieve Lt. Nathan B. Swardson as commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Halibut at a ceremony in Marina Del Rey on Monday, July 16, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

Lt. j.g. Miller, a native of Annandale, Va., graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. His most recent assignment was aboard the CGC Mohawk home-ported in Key West, Fla. where he served as a deck watch officer.

Capt. Paul E. Wiedenhoeft, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach is scheduled to preside over the ceremony.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom that is designed to strengthen the respect of authority, which is vital to any military organization.

The climax of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the officer directed by proper authority is taking command and an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

CGC Halibut is an 87-foot Marine Protector Class patrol boat that capable of responding to homeland security, search-and-rescue, and marine environmental protection missions.

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  1. fred wetton says:

    Thought I would check in to see whats up with the “HALIBUT”.
    Wish you all the best.