Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma to hold Change of Command

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — Cmdr. Willie Carmichael is scheduled to relieve Cmdr. Michael Hudson as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma during a change of command ceremony at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at 10 a.m., on Friday.

Cmdr. Hudson assumed command of the Tahoma on May 31, 2013. During his command, the Tahoma’s most notable accomplishments include two high profile search and rescue cases and a completion of Tailored Ship’s Training Availability. In one search and rescue case, the Tahoma steamed more than 14 hours to assist the adrift fishing vessel Endorphin, which had three people in the water. In the second search and rescue case, the Tahoma was the on-scene coordinator in assisting the fishing vessels Lydia and Maya search for a person reported overboard. The Tahoma, Coast Guard Cutter Ridley and other assets searched for over 19 hours, however, the fisherman was not found. Most recently, the Tahoma completed Tailored Ship’s Training Availability, which involved the completion of 148 drills. The Tahoma earned Battle “E” for excellence in all warfare areas and all six training teams were certified effective.

Cmdr. Carmichael is arriving from the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served as the executive officer. Cmdr. Carmichael has served in multiple ashore and afloat assignments, including command of Coast Guard Cutter Wrangell of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Tahoma will be his eighth cutter assignment.

Capt. Caleb Corson, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area chief of operations, will preside over the ceremony.

The Tahoma is one of 39 Coast Guard cutters homeported in the northeastern U.S.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition that ensures the continuity of command. It is a formal ceremony conducted before the entire crew. The ceremony marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability for the cutter and the accomplishment of its assigned mission. It is conducted according to a formally prescribed ritual, to honor and maintain traditions of the service.

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