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Press Release | June 10, 2024

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: US Coast Guard Cutter Calhoun to hold change-of-command ceremony

Editor’s Note: News media interested in attending are requested to RSVP by emailing a list of member’s names to Lt. j.g. Cody Meyers at by 4 p.m., Monday. Credentialed media are asked to bring a valid driver’s license to gain access. It is recommended to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, to attend the event. 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony, Tuesday, at 10 a.m. in North Charleston.  

During the ceremony, Capt. Matthew Hammond will relieve Capt. Timothy Sommella as commanding officer of Calhoun. U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander, Vice Adm. Nathan Moore, will preside over the ceremony.   

Who: The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Calhoun, Vice Adm. Nathan Moore, Capt. Matthew Hammond, Capt. Timothy Sommella 

What:  Coast Guard Cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) to hold change-of-command ceremony  

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 10 a.m.  

Where: Carver Maritime, 1400 Pierside Street, North Charleston, SC 29405 


Calhoun is a Legend-class national security cutter with a crew of 125. With its robust command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, the national security cutter is the most technologically advanced ship in the Coast Guard’s fleet. Calhoun is a worldwide deployable asset that supports the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and national objectives to include drug interdiction, migrant interdiction, national defense, search and rescue, fisheries enforcement, and national intelligence collection. 

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. The ceremony is conducted in order to formally demonstrate the continuity of authority within a U.S. military command.