MEDIA ADVISORY: St. Petersburg Coast Guard cutter to conduct change of command ceremony

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U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
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St. Petersburg Coast Guard cutter to conduct change of command ceremony

Media interested in attending are requested to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. Interviews with the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute commanding officers will be available. Please RSVP to Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson at Ashley.J.Johnson@uscg.mil or 305-965-4672.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Resolute is scheduled to conduct a change of command ceremony Wednesday in St. Petersburg.

WHO: Vice Adm. Scott A. Buschman, the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander, is scheduled to preside over the ceremony where Cmdr. Carmen S. DeGeorge will transfer command of the Resolute to Cmdr. Roy R. Brubaker. Local Coast Guard members, including the Resolute crew, and community members will be in attendance. 

WHAT: A change of command ceremony. The event, though not specifically prescribed by Coast Guard regulations, is part of a heritage of seafaring customs. Parading crew attendance and a public reading of the official orders stems from when movement of mail and persons was a slow process. This procedure was designated to ensure that only authorized officers held command and that all were aware of the transfer of authority.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. 

WHERE: Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg South Moorings, 1301 Beach Drive SE St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

DeGeorge was in command of the 210-foot Reliance-class cutter since June 2016 overseeing a crew of 82. During the latest patrol, under his command, the Resolute crew interdicted and offloaded 2,600 pounds of marijuana valued more than $14 million, and repatriated 50 Haitian migrants.

Medium endurance cutters like the Resolute are built for multi-week offshore patrols, including helicopter and pursuit boat operations which provide a key capability for homeland security operations at sea.

Brubaker is a Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, native with 18 years of sea service experience. He has been involved in a wide variety of missions across the country, including aids to navigation, search and rescue, migrant and drug interdictions, and fisheries enforcement. 

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