Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo holds change of command ceremony

Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Litts, left, transfers command of Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo to Lt. Cortland Gazda, right, as Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, observes in Pascagoula, Mississippi, July 26, 2019. This was the first change of command for the cutter and its crew. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Michelli)(This image has been cropped and adjusted for exposure to enhance the subject)

Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Litts, left, transfers command of Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo to Lt. Cortland Gazda, right, as Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, observes in Pascagoula, Mississippi, July 26, 2019. . (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Michelli)

NEW ORLEANS – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo held a change of command ceremony in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Friday.

During the ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Litts transferred command of the cutter to Lt. Cortland Gazda, with Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, in attendance.

This was the first change of command ceremony for the cutter and its crew, having been commissioned in 2017. The ceremony is a time-honored tradition that signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command.


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