NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A change of command ceremony was held on Thursday morning on the Coast Guard cutter, Hamilton, in North Charleston.
Capt. Mark Gordon officially transferred command to Captain Timothy Cronin during the ceremony, which is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew and as honored guests and dignitaries.
“Hamilton is a special cutter,” Gordon, who has been in command of the ship since 2017, said. “This is the best ship with the best crew in the fleet. The crew, officers and family of Hamilton are a remarkable group of people and have done amazing things these last two years in some very challenging circumstances.”
The Hamilton crew was deployed to several hurricane-ravaged areas in the past few years and was responsible for several drug busts on the seas. Since June 2017, the Hamilton crew seized over 12,000 kilograms of cocaine and 3,000 pounds of marijuana, worth over a combined $40 million and the detention of 48 suspected drug traffickers.
“I could not be more proud,” Gordon said. “It has truly been the pinnacle of my Coast Guard career.”
Cronin comes to the Hamilton from the National War College, where he earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.
“To the crew of the Hamilton, change in command ceremonies tend to put the focus on individuals, but make not mistake about it, it is you who matters most today," Cronin said as he addressed his new crew. "Thank you for your tireless efforts over the past week to honor Captain Gordon and to welcome me aboard.”
The Hamilton was named after U.S. founding father, Alexander Hamilton. Thursday’s ceremony was held on the 215th anniversary of the duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr.