Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket holds change of command

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Lt. Andrew S. Dunlevy relieved Lt. Cmdr. Andrew L. Pate during a time-honored military tradition to formally transfer command of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday.

During Pate’s command, Nantucket successfully intercepted and provided humanitarian care to over 300 illegal migrants and completed 19 repatriations to three Caribbean nations. During more than 3,500 hours at sea, he interdicted a Haitian-go-fast attempting to smuggle over 1,200 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1 million, led the 125-mile pursuit and interdiction of a fleeing armed murder suspect bound for Cuba, as well as hosted the first ever Professional Exchange with the Cuban Border Guard aboard a Coast Guard Cutter. His crew was also recognized by the International Propeller Club of the Port of Tampa for their heroic efforts saving ten lives during the sinking of the 206-foot motor vessel Mystic.

Pate will be reporting to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, for a master’s degree in public administration.

Dunlevy reports from Coast Guard Cutter Drummond, homeported in Miami, Fla., where he served as commanding officer since June 2011.

“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,” said Pate. “I am proud to be able to lead the Nantucket’s crew through our upcoming missions.”

Nantucket is a multi-mission 110-foot patrol boat primarily tasked with conducting missions in and around the Florida Straits.Seventh Coast Guard District News

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