Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast to hold change of command

SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday, at 10 a.m., at the Museum of History and Industry.

During the ceremony, Capt. Charles Alcock will transfer command to Cmdr. John Bitterman, and Rear Admiral Charles Ray, Commander Pacific Area, will preside over the ceremony.

Capt. Alcock has served as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast since July 2012, and will report to Honolulu as the Chief of Planning and Force Readiness for District 14 at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Cmdr. Bitterman recently served at Coast Guard Police Attaché in Bogota, Columbia. His past afloat assignments include Coast Guard Cutters Clover, Rush, Alert, Steadfast, and commanding officer of Coast Guard cutter Edisto. In addition to his afloat assignments, Cmdr. Bitterman also served on the Law Enforcement Team 8-G, Galveston, Texas, and at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.

The change-of-command ceremony 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 attended by all members of the unit so they all witness the transfer of leadership.

Medium endurance cutters like the Steadfast are built for multi-week offshore patrols including operations requiring enhanced communications, and helicopter and pursuit boat operations, which provide a key capability for homeland security missions at sea.

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