Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby welcomes new commander in St. Petersburg

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, homeported here, held a change of command ceremony Friday at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Tomasi transferred command of the Joshua Appleby to Chief Warrant Officer Neal Feustel during the ceremony.

During Tomasi’s tour aboard the Joshua Appleby, he and his crew serviced hundreds of floating aids to navigation throughout southern Florida including Tampa, Crystal River, Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades and Lake Worth. The cutter’s crew leads the Coast Guard’s 7th District in the upgrade from incandescent lights to more energy efficient light-emitting diodes.

Acting as task force commander and Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System deployment vessel, Tomasi and his crew were one of the many Coast Guard assets to respond and assist during the Deepwater Horizon Response oil spill in April 2010.

“I’m honored to have served the last three years as commanding officer of the Joshua Appleby,” said Tomasi. “I’m fortunate to have had a challenging and rewarding tour. The crew’s response as part of the recovery efforts during the Deep Water Horizon Response oil spill was a highlight. Their efforts were outstanding during a challenging mission in tough conditions. I’m sure they will continue to do great work and continue to ensure safe navigation throughout southern Florida.”

The Joshua Appleby is a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender with a crew of one officer and 24 enlisted personnel.

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  1. Joe Key says:

    Congratulations Neal and best wishes to Micheal!