Command of Coast Guard Cutter Changes Hands in Special Ceremony

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The command of the Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson has officially switched hands.

In a ceremony that took place on Thursday, July 12th, at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, Lt. Ted Cetrulo assumed the role of commanding officer of the Lawson from Lt. Commander Joseph Rizzo.

According to Coast Guard officials, the ceremony is a time-honored tradition performed in front of the Cutter's crew and formally demonstrates the transfer of total responsibility.

In his remarks, Lt. Cetrulo not only thanked Rizzo for transferring authority to him, he also thanked the crew for serving aboard the Lawson.

"All military service is challenging, but service at sea is unique," said Lt. Cetrulo. "The crew members of the Lawson have done what so few can, selflessly devote themselves to the service of others in a complex, nuanced, taxing and often dangerous environment.

"To the crew — thank you for choosing to serve at sea and thank you for the warm welcome you've show me and my family."

According to Coast Guard officials, operations aboard the Lawson included 71 Marine enforcement boardings, 13 search and rescue cases — which resulted in numerous lives assisted and one life saved — and more than 14,000 miles patrolled in the Atlantic Ocean.



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