The USS City of Corpus Christi Change of Command was held Wednesday, January 21st. It was very nice to witness first hand the tradition. For those that don’t know what the tradition is, here is a description.
The tradition witnessed on Wednesday is an honored product of the rich heritage of Naval tradition. Custom has established that this ceremony be formal and impressive – designed to strengthen that respect for authority vital to any military organization.
Parading all hands at quarters and public reading of official orders stems from those days when movement of mail and persons was a very slow process. This procedure was designed to ensure that only authorized officers held command and that all onboard were aware of its authenticity.
The heart of the ceremony is the formal reading of the official orders by the relieving officer and the officer being relieved. Command passes upon the utterance by the relieving officer, “I relieve you, sir”.”, and the officer being relieved responding, “I stand relieved.”
The change of command is unique in the world today, in that it is the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.
I was assigned a seat in the second row and before the end of the ceremony received flowers from Commander Scott Minium, the CO being relieved, as a “Thank you” for volunteering for the Family Support Group Chair position. I held the position for a year. I stepped down to give another spouse the opportunity and now I’m holding the Secretary position. I enjoy being involved and the Thank You was nice.
Matt looked so nice in his uniform, but he always does in my eyes. Here are some pictures.
Matt in formation… so serious.
Matt, realizing I was taking his picture, handsome in his choker whites.
Captain Doug Wright (guest speaker), Commander Scott Minium (relieved CO), & Commander Robert Gaucher (relieving CO).
Commander Scott Minium boarding the USS City of Corpus Christi for his Change of Command.
The Color Guard, parading the “Colors”.
At the end of the reading of official orders.
The relieved Commanding Officer leaving the boat.
The crew saluting Commander Minium.
The New Commanding Officer leaving the boat.
The crew saluting Commander Gaucher.
The USS City of Corpus Christi.
Matt P. and my Matt.
Me & Matt and the boat.
Until next time…