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News Release

July 10, 2012


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Coast Guard Cutter Eagle holds change of command ceremony

NEW LONDON, Conn. — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle held a change of command ceremony aboard the Eagle at Fort Trumbull State Park this morning.

Capt. Raymond ‘Wes’ Pulver assumed responsibility as commanding officer of Eagle from Capt. Eric C. Jones in the change of command ceremony.

Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presided over the ceremony.

"It was an honorable privilege to preside over another historic moment in Eagle's 76-year history of Coast Guard service," said Vice Adm. Parker.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally restates the continuity of command - the transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another.

The ceremony affords personnel of the command, guests and the community at large to recognize the achievements and service of the commanding officer, while at the same time welcoming aboard the prospective commanding officer.

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver (right) salutes Capt. Eric C. Jones to assume command of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Eagle in New London, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Defense Force East presided over the time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.  NEW LONDON, Conn. - Capt. Eric C. Jones, former commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, addresses the audience, his officers and crew during a change of command ceremony aboard Eagle in New London, Saturday, July 10, 2012. Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver assumed responsibility as commanding officer of Eagle from Capt. Eric C. Jones in a time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver (right) salutes Capt. Eric C. Jones to assume command of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Eagle in New London, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Defense Force East presided over the time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Capt. Eric C. Jones, former commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, addresses the audience, his officers and crew during a change of command ceremony aboard Eagle in New London, Saturday, July 10, 2012. Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver assumed responsibility as commanding officer of Eagle from Capt. Eric C. Jones in a time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Defense Force East, boards the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle as the presiding officer for the ship's change of command ceremony, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver assumed responsibility as commanding officer of Eagle from Capt. Eric C. Jones in a time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Defense Force East, boards the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle as the presiding officer for the ship's change of command ceremony, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver assumed responsibility as commanding officer of Eagle from Capt. Eric C. Jones in a time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.


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