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***Media Advisory*** New commanding officer for Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis

June 25, 2015

BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony Friday in Newport, Rhode Island.

WHO: Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Morkis will be relieving Chief Warrant Officer James Allen as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis.

WHEN: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Naval Station Newport, Pier 2; Meet media escort at Gate 2, 1377 Training Station Road, Newport, Rhode Island.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to officers and enlisted personnel of the cutter that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis is a 175-foot Coastal Buoy Tender homeported in Newport, Rhode Island.  The primary mission of Cutter Ida Lewis and her crew is servicing aids to navigation. They are also capable of handling and assisting a variety of other missions such as ports, waterways and coastal security, marine environmental protection, and search and rescue.

Media interested in attending are requested to RSVP to First Coast Guard District Public Affairs at 617-717-9609 by 8 a.m. Friday. 

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