Coast Guard Cutter Confidence receives new commanding officer

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PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence received a new commanding officer Friday during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Yarosh assumed the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer Capt. Jim Passarelli.

Capt. Jim Passarelli, left, is relieved by Cmdr. Jeffrey Yarosh during the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence change of command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Port Canaveral, Fla. Capt. Passarelli served as the commanding officer of the Confidence since June 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Capt. Jim Passarelli, left, is relieved by Cmdr. Jeffrey Yarosh during the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence change of command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Port Canaveral, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Yarosh transferred to the Confidence from Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he served aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Reliance and Alert, holding several different positions.

Passarelli has served aboard the Confidence since June 2012. His new assignment will place him at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Passarelli remarked, “This crew has faced danger, uncertainty, stress and joy with their shipmates. They’ve perfected their skills as cuttermen despite adversity and challenges along the way, and have ensured Confidence was always ready to meet the mission. They do this because they are selfless patriots who want to make the world a better place and I am humbled by them each and every day.”

The Coast Guard Cutter Confidence is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter. The crew includes 12 officers and 65 enlisted members. The ship’s missions include patrols in support of homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement, counter-drug operations, alien migrant interdiction, and humanitarian missions throughout the Caribbean Sea.

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