Coast Guard relieves officer in charge of Station Ashtabula

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard temporarily relieved the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Ashtabula in Ashtabula, Ohio due to loss of confidence, Tuesday.

Chief Petty Officer Bryan Pate was temporarily removed from command by Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, commander, Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland.

Capt. Joe DuFresne, commander, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, appointed Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Jones, executive petty officer of Station Ashtabula, to assume temporary command of the station.

Pate was temporarily reassigned to Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland until further notice.

The change will not impact Station Ashtabula’s search and rescue response, maritime security or other vital mission operations.

“While command of the station has changed, the Coast Guard’s unit readiness to respond, train, and operate has not,” said DuFresne. We’re always ready to respond.”

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