Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater to have Change of Command Ceremony

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, homeported in Portsmouth, will have a change of command ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. at the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Portsmouth.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason D. Griffin, Officer-in-Charge of the Shearwater, will be relieved by Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark W. Adams.

Griffin’s next assignment will be officer-in-charge of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish homeported in Key West, Fla.

The Shearwater patrols the waters of the Fifth Coast Guard District spanning from northern New Jersey to the South Carolina Border, including both the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. The Shearwater is the forty-ninth of the newest type of Coast Guard patrol boat (WPB), called the “Marine Protector” class and named for marine animals.

The change of command ceremony is a formal, time-honored tradition of the naval services to transfer total responsibility and authority from one individual to another, and designed to strengthen the respect for authority that is vital to any military organization.

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