Images scanned from ship's archives of the PENOBSCOT BAY Commissioning Ceremony on January 4, 1985. The temperature at New York's LaGuardia Airport did not rise above 33°F on the day of the ceremony; members of the official party wore standard-issue trenchcoats and black leather gloves to cut the chill of the midwinter cold.
A number of documents pertaining to the cutter's construction, Christening, and Commissioning Ceremony are available elsewhere on the Web site in a new section of the Ship's History Archive.
PENOBSCOT BAY at Coast Guard moorings, Governor's Island, New York, on the morning of her Commissioning Ceremony.
|PENOBSCOT BAY at Governor's Island on the morning of the Commissioning Ceremony||PENOBSCOT BAY's ship's company assembled in formation prior to the start of the ceremony.|
|A view down the pier. Official party in foreground; guests to rear.||View of the pier during the ceremony.||Guests in front of the cutter on the morning of her commissioning.|
|PENOBSCOT BAY at full dress ship on the morning of her commissioning.||Another view down the pier on the morning of the ceremony.||PENOBSCOT BAY at full dress ship on the morning of her commissioning; USCGC DALLAS (WHEC 716), a high endurance cutter now homeported in Charleston, South Carolina, is in the foreground.|
|A crewmember mans the brow.||Assuming the first watch.||Coast Guard Chief of Staff VADM Paul A. Yost, center, delivers remarks during the ceremony. Behind VADM Yost are, from left: David Lloyd, owner, Bay City Marine; LT Jon Bechtle, the ship's first Commanding Officer; CAPT James McDonald, Commander, Coast Guard Group New York; and CAPT Norman L. Cram, Chaplain, USN.|
|David Lloyd, owner, Bay City Marine, presenting the new unit with a gift from the shipbuilder.||VADM Yost, right, congratulates LT Bechtle, the ship's first Commanding Officer, upon the Commissioning.||A PENOBSCOT BAY crewmember raises the colors upon the ship's Commissioning.|
|VADM Yost, left, and LT Bechtle, cut a cake prepared for the occasion at the Governor's Island Officer's Club.||Cake with PENOBSCOT BAY icing at the post-ceremony reception.|