Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil to hold change of command

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE – Lt. j.g. William J. Birch will relieve Lt. Victor J. Galgano of command of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil during a change-of-command ceremony on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Kvelstad Pavilion in Poulsbo, Wash.

Lt. Galgano assumed command of the Sea Devil in July 2009 and will leave to attend graduate school at Florida State University, where he will study for a Master of Science degree in Instructional Systems.

Lt. j.g. Birch’s previous assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer on the USCGC Campbell, a 270-foot cutter based in Portsmouth, N.H. He performed additional duties of the First Lieutenant, Law Enforcement Officer and Weapons Officer.

Lt. j.g. Birch is a 2009 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, earning Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His personal awards include a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, three Meritorious Team Commendations, and the Expert Riffle Medal.

Cmdr. Thomas Sullivan, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit – Bangor (MFPU Bangor), will preside over the ceremony.

Sea Devil is an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat assigned to MFPU Bangor, and one of two Coast Guard cutters homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The cutter’s primary mission is the enforcement of federally regulated security zones and navigation areas surrounding Naval submarines operating within U.S. territorial waters. Through this mission, Sea Devil’s crew embodies the long-standing tradition of cooperation and partnership between our Coast Guard and Navy, ensuring national maritime security and defense is provided.

The overall mission of MFPU Bangor is to provide a unique capability necessary to address the protection of special high value units in their homeport transit areas, as part of the Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security mission.

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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