New captain assumes command of USCG Cutter Douglas Munro

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.

Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, Pacific Area deputy commander, presides over Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro’s change of command ceremony in the Golden Anchor in Kodiak, Alaska, May 24, 2019. Capt. Riley Gatewood relieved Capt. Kevin Riddle as the Douglas Munro’s commanding officer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charly Hengen.

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.

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