The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro has a new commanding officer.
Capt. Riley Gatewood relieved Capt. Kevin Riddle as the Munro’s commanding officer in a ceremony on Friday.
The Pacific Area deputy commander, Rear Admiral Nathan Moore, presided over the ceremony which was held at the Golden Anchor with the ship’s crew in attendance.
The change of command is a time-honored naval tradition in which each C.O. reads his or her orders. The departing captain reads their orders indicating they are leaving, and the incoming captain reads theirs to show that they have the authority to assume the responsibilities of the ship.
The ceremony highlights to total transfer of the vessel, and all authority and responsibility for the ship and its crew.