Sector St. Petersburg Aids to Navigation Team holds change of command in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Samuel Willis relieved Senior Chief Petty Officer Joshua Goldman, former officer in charge of Sector St. Petersburg’s Aids to Navigation Team, during a change of command ceremony at the sector, Friday.

During Goldman’s command, his crew logged more than 4,000 hours of underway time working more than 1,535 fixed and floating aids to navigation. Goldman’s crew maintained and serviced more than 1,500 navigational aids, including 37 major ranges and four lighthouses that were critical to safe navigation.
The area of responsibility covers 400 miles of Florida coastline from Naples to Horseshoe Beach, and north of Yankeetown. Their AOR includes Tampa Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, inlets and bays.

In addition, they serve as a secondary discrepancy response for 145 buoys that belong to the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender homeported at the sector. The unit also assists the 7th Coast Guard District with more than 3,000 private aids and five lighthouses along the west coast of Florida.

Goldman will be reporting to the Coast Guard Cutter Obion, a 65-foot Class B River Buoy Tender stationed at Owensboro, Ky.,  as the officer in charge.

Willis reports from the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot Medium Endurance cutter, homeported in Astoria, Ore., where he served as the deck department head since 2010.

“It has been an outstanding privilege to serve with this crew during the three past years,” said Goldman. “Due to changing circumstances and extremely busy theater of operations, these three years have flown by. The adaptability and willingness of the crew to always find the awesome in every situation has been nothing but amazing.”

Senior Chief Petty Officer Joshua Goldman, former officer in charge of Sector St. Petersburg’s Aids to Navigation Team, says farewell to a shipmate as he inspects his crew during a change of ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., May 24, 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 1st Class Crystalynn Kneen)

Senior Chief Petty Officer Joshua Goldman, former officer in charge of Sector St. Petersburg’s Aids to Navigation Team, says farewell to a shipmate as he inspects his crew during a change of ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., May 24, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn Kneen)

Senior Chief Petty Officer Joshua Goldman, former officer in charge of Sector St. Petersburg’s Aids to Navigation Team, says farewell to a shipmate as he inspects his crew during a change of ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., May 24, 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 1st Class Crystalynn Kneen)

Senior Chief Petty Officer Joshua Goldman, former officer in charge of Sector St. Petersburg’s Aids to Navigation Team, says farewell to a shipmate as he inspects his crew during a change of ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., May 24, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn Kneen)

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