The Charleston-based Coast Guard cutter Gallatin will have a change of command ceremony Friday where Capt. John T. Davis will assume command.

Davis reports to the Gallatin from the Coast Guard Atlantic Area staff in Portsmouth, Va., where he served as the chief of the cutter forces division for the last year and eight months.

Gallatin's previous commanding officer, Capt. Mike B. Christian, was temporarily relieved of command earlier this month. Christian's relief has since been made permanent. He will be reassigned to a new position in the Coast Guard.

Christian was relieved of command - a rare occurrence in the service - after questions arose about his ability to lead the 378-foot cutter and her crew of about 125.

The Gallatin has been in Coast Guard service since 1968 and has been delegated to various missions, including enforcing federal and international fishing regulations, drug patrols, search and rescue, and homeland security.