Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket changes command in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Waitt relieved Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy, former commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, during a change of command ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg, Friday.

During Dunlevy’s command, the Nantucket’s crew logged more than 1,690 hours of underway time conducting nine counter drug and migrant interdiction deployments off the shores of Miami and Key West. During the patrols, the crew interdicted more than 270 migrants and conducted several repatriations that resulted in returning more than 90 illegal immigrants attempting enter the United States.

Dunlevy will be reporting to the San Diego State University, to pursue a master’s degree in Performance Technology.

Waitt reports from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., where he served as Nautical Science instructor in the Department of Professional Development since June 2009.

The Nantucket is a multi-mission 110-foot Island Class patrol boat primarily tasked with conducting missions in and around the Florida Straits.

“It has been a privilege to serve with this crew over the past year,” said Dunlevy. “Due to changing circumstances and an extremely busy theater of operations, this year has flown by. The adaptability and willingness of the crew to always find the best in every situation has been nothing short of amazing.”

Patrol boats such as the Nantucket are the workhorses of America’s littoral maritime fleet. Possessing superior speed and flexibility, Coast Guard patrol boats deliver the Coast Guard’s unique blend of military capability, law enforcement authority and lifesaving expertise wherever needed along the coast.

Coast Guard Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy, former commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, says farewell to a shipmate as he inspects his crew during a change of ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, May 10, 2013. A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility from one commanding officer to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse

Coast Guard Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy, former commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, says farewell to a shipmate as he inspects his crew during a change of ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, May 10, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse

Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Waitt, left, and Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy bow their heads in prayer during a change of command ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., May 10, 2013. During the ceremony, Waitt relieved Dunlevy formally transferring command of the cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)

Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Waitt, left, and Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy bow their heads in prayer during a change of command ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., May 10, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)

Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy salutes Capt. Sheryl L. Dickinson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., officially transferring command of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat to Lt. Ryan Waitt during a change of command ceremony at the sector, May 10, 2013. Coast Guard patrol boats are the workhorses of the maritime fleet that deliver the service's military capability, law enforcement authority and lifesaving expertise along the coast. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)

Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy salutes Capt. Sheryl L. Dickinson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., officially transferring command of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat to Lt. Ryan Waitt during a change of command ceremony at the sector, May 10, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)

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