Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil to hold first change of command ceremony

SEATTLE – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil will conduct their first change of command ceremony Thursday at 11 a.m., at the Bremerton Marina in Bremerton, Wash.

Lt j.g. Victor J. Galgano will take command of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil from Lt. Alanna Kaltsas, the ship’s first and current commanding officer. The ceremony reinforces the Coast Guard’s seafaring traditions and the importance in the continuity of command as the responsibility for the Sea Devil and its crew passes from one individual to the next.

Capt. Anne Ewalt, chief of staff for the 13th Coast Guard District, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest, will preside over the ceremony. Rear Adm. James Symonds, commander of Navy Region Northwest, will also provide remarks and will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Anne Symonds, the cutter’s commissioning sponsor.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil is the first 87-foot Marine Protector Class cutter assigned to Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, Wash., and the only Coast Guard cutter homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The cutter’s primary mission is to enforce the Naval Vessel Protective Zone, a 500-yard federally regulated zone surrounding large Naval vessels. Through this mission, the Sea Devil crew embodies the Coast Guard and Navy’s long-standing tradition of cooperation and partnership for ensuring the nation’s maritime security and defense.

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