Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake holds Change of Command

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard NewsSEATTLE — Lt. Christopher B. Tuckey assumed command of the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Everett, Wash., Friday.

Lt. Tuckey relieved Lt. Jason W. Haag, who will attend graduate school in Boston.

Lt. Tuckey, a native of Cortland, N.Y., earned his commission at the U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London, Conn., in September 2002. His previous assignment was as Executive Officer of the 225-foot sea-going buoy tender, USCGC Cyprus (WLB-210), based in Pensacola, Fla.

The USCGC Henry Blake is a 175-foot, coastal buoy tender, based in Everett. Their primary mission is ensuring aids to navigation in the environmentally sensative Puget Sound are maintained to the highest standards. Their efforts ensure the safe navigation of vessels which carry more than $40 billion worth of cargo each year through the sound. Henry Blake has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of 177 buoys and 58 shore aids to navigation. Additionally, Henry Blake performs other Coast Guard missions including search-and-rescue, homeland security and marine environmental protection.

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