Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane crew to hold change-of-command ceremony

Posted at 8:03 AM, May 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-28 08:03:14-04

Portsmouth, Va. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Porstmouth Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Cmdr. Michael W. Cribbs will assume command of the Harriet Lane from Cmdr. Adam R. Wasserman who served as the commanding officer since May 2011.

Cribbs recently served as the Deputy Chief of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington.

As commanding officer, Wasserman led the Harriet Lane’s 110-person crew on six patrols over the course of two years. Missions included search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, fisheries patrols, defense operations, and participation in two Joint Interagency Task Force South patrols, resulting in the disruption of millions of dollars of narcotics being smuggled into the United States.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a custom, which is formal and designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization.

The ceremony will take place at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth at 4000 Coast Guard Blvd, Portsmouth, VA, 23704.