Coast Guard holds Change of Command Ceremony Monday

A time-honored tradition of the United States Coast Guard
Left to right: Outgoing Commanding Officer Captain David G. Throop; Commander, First Coast Guard District, Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel; Incoming Commanding Officer Captain Stephen H. Torpey. Photo by Paul Rifkin.

The official Change of Command Ceremony was held Monday morning at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. According to the USCG, it is a time-honored ceremony symbolizing the continuity of command.  

According to the program, the ceremony symbolizes that "the authority of command has passed, without interruption, from one individual to another."

During the ceremony, outgoing Commander Officer David G. Throop gave over command to CO Captain Stephen H. Torpey. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on