Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane to hold change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane

USCG Cutter Harriet Lane file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Support Unit Portsmouth at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Cmdr. John “Jay” C. Vann will turn over command of the cutter to Cmdr. Adam Wasserman.

Vann took command of the Harriet Lane July 31, 2009. He has led the crew through five deployments throughout the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, executed two major drug busts seizing 6,125 pounds of cocaine, interdicted 351 illegal migrants, conducted more than 40 maritime law enforcement boardings, and directed six search and rescue operations. Vann has been selected as the Coast Guard’s representative to the Air Force Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

Wasserman previously served as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Navy’s Afloat Training Group Atlantic in Norfolk, Va.

The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition signifying the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one commanding officer to another.

The Harriet Lane is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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