Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw Change of Command

CLEVELAND – Cmdr. Scott J. Smith will relieve Capt. John K. Little of command of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB-30) in a change-of-command ceremony at its homeport in Cheboygan, Mich., Friday, May 16, 2008 at 10 a.m.

Little was commanding officer of the flagship 240-foot icebreaker and buoytender of the Ninth Coast Guard District since April 2006, and he will assume duties of the Regional Director Office of International Affairs at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Smith is coming from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was the Division Chief for Medium Endurance Cutters and Patrol Boats in the Officer of Cutter Forces. Smith served on three cutters on the Great Lakes, twice in command. He was the operations officer for the 180-foot buoytender Bramble, the executive officer of the Sundew and the commanding officer of the 140-foot icebreaking tug Bristol Bay. Smith graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1990, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in electrical engineering.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is witnessed by all members so that they all know exactly when the transfer of leadership takes place.

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