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Press Release | July 2, 2024

Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans holds Change of Command ceremony

Editor's Note: Coast Guard District 7 imagery

KEY WEST, Fla. — Lt. Shamir Tyner relieved Lt. Samuel Krakower as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans (WPC-1110), Monday, during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Sector Key West.

Capt. Jason Ingram, Sector Key West commander, presided over the event.

Krakower was the fifth commanding officer of the cutter since assuming command July 2022. He will transfer to the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue his Master of Science degree in Arctic Security as part of a Coast Guard-sponsored Advanced Education assignment.

Tyner takes command of the cutter after serving as the protocol officer to the 27th commandant and 33rd vice commandant, where he advised Coast Guard senior leaders on all manners of international diplomacy and domestic protocol with senior government, military and industry executives. 

“I am truly honored to be your commanding officer," said Tyner to his new crew. "What I am most looking forward to is doing whatever I can to support you in achieving your Coast Guard dream, whatever that might be. My goal is to help you get to where you want to go in this organization and I can’t wait to embark on this journey with you.”

Cutter Raymond Evans is one of six Fast Response Cutters homeported in Key West, Florida, and reports to Sector Key West. The cutter patrols over 55,000 square nautical miles of Sector Key West’s area of responsibility within the Florida Straits and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as regularly forward deploying to the Caribbean Sea and other areas in support of the Coast Guard’s national security, law enforcement, and lifesaving missions.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition. It represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. The event ensures the continuity of leadership and operations aboard the cutter.

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