U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Halibut will host a change command ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 16th, in Marina del Rey.

Lt. Nathan B. Swardson, commanding officer of the Halibut, who assumed command of the cutter in July 2005, will transfer command to Lt. (jg) Paul J. Miller.

Capt. Paul E. Wiedenhoeft, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Los Angeles-Long Beach sector, is scheduled to preside over the ceremony.

Miller graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. His most recent assig- nment was aboard the Mohawk, home-ported in Key West, where he served as deck watch officer.

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

The climax of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command, according to Coast Guard sources. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the officer directed by proper authority is taking command and an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

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