San Francisco Coast Guard rescue station welcomes new commanding officer

Chief Warrant Officer Craig Ross (left) shakes hands with Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade (right) after relieving her of command during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, Calif., June 22, 2018. Capt. Tony Ceraolo (center), the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander, presided over the event. (Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson/released).

Chief Warrant Officer Craig Ross (left) shakes hands with Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade (right) after relieving her of command during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, Calif., June 22, 2018.  (Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson).

SAN FRANCISCO — Chief Warrant Officer Craig Ross replaced Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, Friday, during a change-of-command ceremony at the station in Fort Baker.

Capt. Tony Ceraolo, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander, presided over the event.

Slade will report to Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay in Depoe Bay, Oregon, where she will become the station’s new commanding officer.

Ross was previously assigned to the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Incident Management Division, where he was the station manager and served as a search-and-rescue mission coordinator.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition aboard ships and shore commands. It represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. The event ensures the continuity of leadership and operations within the station’s area of responsibility.

Coast Guard Station Golden Gate is one of four designated surf stations in California, meaning the crew and assets are able to operate in extreme surf and weather conditions. The crew’s area of responsibility extends 50 miles offshore from Point Reyes to Point Año Nuevo, including the Farallon Islands and the San Francisco Bay from Bluff Point to Pier 39.

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