By: Ltjg Kristoffer Ian T. Zapanta
The Hydrography Branch (HB) of NAMRIA conducted the Change of Command Ceremonies for its two hydrographic survey vessels on 15 February 2018. The ceremonies were held in the morning aboard BRP Hydrographer Ventura at the Subic Bay Freeport and in the afternoon for BRP Hydrographer Hizon, which is currently dry-docked at the Herma Shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan. Lieutenant Commander (LCdr) Teodoro D. Pasahol assumed the Command of BRP Hydrographer Ventura from Captain (Capt) Ralph A. Justo, while LCdr Lionel L. Cerezo assumed the Command of BRP Hydrographer Hizon from LCdr Antonio G. Valenzuela Jr.
LCdr Pasahol (left) and Capt Justo (right) exchange snappy salutes during the Change of Command Ceremony of BRP Hydrographer Ventura, which is presided over by HB Director Commodore Cablayan (center)
The Change of Command Ceremony is a military tradition demonstrating the transfer of authority and responsibility of a unit between the outgoing to the incoming Commanding Officer (CO). The passing of the commission pennant from the outgoing CO to the incoming CO symbolizes that the unit was never without official leadership. It also symbolizes trust and allegiance by the unit’s crew to the new CO.
LCdr Cerezo (left) and LCdr Valenzuela (right) shake hands during the Change of Command Ceremony of BRP Hydrographer Hizon, which is also presided over by HB Director Commodore Cablayan
The ceremonies of the two vessels started with the arrival of the ceremonial party led by HB Director Commodore Jacinto M. Cablayan followed by the outgoing and the incoming COs. The Assistant Director (ADir) for Administration Capt Amante R. Caluya delivered the opening remarks for the events, while the ADir for Operation Capt Herbert L. Catapang read the Relinquishment and Designation Orders of the outgoing and incoming COs.
Senior and junior officers, and enlisted personnel of both vessels witnessed the ceremonies. A small gathering was held after the ceremonies.
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