Photos from the commissioning and Legion of Merit ceremony

  1. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake (WLM 563) stand in formation during the commissioning ceremony of the 175-foot state-of-the-art buoy tender.  Speaches were given by RADM Erroll M. Brown, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District; and Mrs. Mary Saccardi Blayney, the ship's sponsor.
  2. The national ensign is flown on the newly commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake.  The first watch is set.  The CGC Henry Blake will be stationed at Naval Station Everett.
  3. The crew of the CGC Henry Blake go aboard their vessel.
  4. Seaman Apprentice Mike Bushnell accepts the U.S. Navy League Letter of Adoption from Mr. Niles Fowler, U.S. Navy League, Everett Counsel President.
  5. Capt. Erik N. Funk (left), Project Manager, U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Replacement Program, talks with Capt. Niels P. Thomsen (ret.) before the ceremony where Thomsen received the Legion of Merit for creating the mechanical chain stopper.  Thomsen created the device, which revolutionized buoy tending safety, in 1949.
  6. Rear Admiral Erroll M. Brown, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District, pins a Legion of Merit on Capt. Niels P. Thomsen (ret.) during a Friday, Oct. 27, ceremony.  The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake (WLM 563).
  7. RADM. Brown (left) and Capt. Thomsen (ret.) pose with the Legion of Merit certificate which accompanies the medal.  Thomsen received his second Legion of Merit for his ingenuity and dedication to improving the efficiency of buoy handling through the invention of the mechanical chain stopper. 

All photos were taken by Petty Officer Robert K. Lanier
of the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Public Affairs Office