Pea Island Change of Command on Friday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CG Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island is scheduled to host a change of command ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s North Moorings at 600 8th Ave. S.E.

Capt. Joseph A. Servidio, commander, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, will preside over the ceremony as Lt. Benjamin F. Goff relieves Lt. Jonathan A. Carter as commanding officer of the CGC Pea Island, a 110-foot “Island Class” cutter homeported in St. Petersburg.

Additional remarks will be made during the ceremony by Rear Adm. Stephen W. Rochon, USCG Retired.

CGC Pea Island, the 47th “Island Class” cutter to join the fleet, is named in honor of Coast Guard Lifesaving Station Pea Island, near Cape Hatteras, N.C., which was the first Coast Guard station manned entirely by a black crew and served our nation for over 65 years. Station Pea Island was decommissioned in 1947 and its crew was posthumously rewarded the Gold Lifesaving medal in 1996.

Goff will be the first black commanding officer of the CGC Pea Island.

Goff is a native of Marlboro, Mass. and a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2002, where he was an athlete in both football and long-distance running. He received his commission from the Coast Guard May 22, 2002, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis.

Goff became a skilled Officer of the Deck, boarding officer and member of the cutter’s Over the Horizon Cutter-boat response team while assigned to CGC Mohawk from Sept. 2002 to July 2004. Goff also served as the Executive Officer aboard CGC Chandeluer from August 2004 to July 2006. Most recently, Goff served as deputy chief of the Eastern Pacific intelligence targeting cell at Joint Interagency Task Force South.

Carter will assume duty as the Coast Guard’s first representative to the President’s Emergency Operations Center and will report this summer to the White House.

The change of command ceremony preserves the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom following military protocol and is designed to strengthen respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute, and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the officer directed by proper authority is taking command and an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

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