JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lt. j.g. Melissa Martinelli is now the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher.
Martinelli relieved Lt. Morgan Fowler as commanding officer of the Kingfisher in a change of command ceremony Friday.
The Kingfisher is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat with primary missions of search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, fisheries enforcement, marine environmental protection, defense readiness; and ports, waterways and coastal security.
Change-of-command ceremonies are designed to strengthen respect for the continuity of command and are vital to any military organization.
The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both members read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer total responsibility for the command.