Coast Guard Cutter Wire holds change of command ceremony

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jason Cross relieved Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas Cairns, former officer in charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Wire, during a change of command ceremony in Saugerties, N.Y., Friday.

Capt. Gordon Loebl, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York, was the presiding official over the time-honored ceremony.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wire’s 7-person crew is responsible for domestic icebreaking, port security, search and rescue, aids to navigation and law enforcement operations. The Wire, a 65-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Saugerties, N.Y., was built in 1963.

Cairns, a native of Chicopee, Mass., will be reporting to the Coast Guard Cutter Pelican, an 87-foot patrol boat home ported in Abbeville, La.

Cross, a native of Wilmington, Vt., reports from Station Port O’Conner, Texas, where he served as executive petty officer.

The change of command ceremony is a formal, time-honored ceremony conducted before the assembled officers and enlisted persons of a command that formally restates the continuing authority of that command. The change of command is a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another.

Photos of the ceremony may be seen at the Coast Guard New Flickr page.

If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.