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Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit welcomes new commander

Jul. 23, 2012 @ 11:45 PM

BARBOURVILLE -- Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington welcomed a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held June 22 at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Cmdr. Lee Boone assumed command from Cmdr. Christopher Palmer. Palmer was promoted to the rank of captain and will transfer to Coast Guard District Eight in New Orleans as the chief of prevention. Boone reports to the Marine Safety Unit from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as the chief of domestic vessels in the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance.

The change of command ceremony is a formal ritual, conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees and auxiliarists of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

Marine Safety Unit Huntington is comprised of a crew of 51 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel who carry out port security, marine inspection, environmental response, waterway management, disaster assistance response, and search and rescue operations within an area of responsibility spanning 385 miles of navigable waterways throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky, including the Port of Huntington/Tri-State which is the nation's largest inland port per tonnage.