Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville holds change of command ceremony

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A change of command ceremony took place for Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville aboard Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Friday.

Capt. Thomas Allan relieved Capt. Andy Blomme during a time-honored military tradition to formally transfer command.

During Blomme’s command Sector Jacksonville successfully responded to more than 1,100 search and rescue cases that saved or assisted more than 1,500 lives, conducted over 350 living marine resource boardings and saved $17 million in property while annually screening more than 3,000 commercial vessels.

Blomme led Sector Jacksonville to expand and strengthen critical partnerships with other federal, state and county agencies to enhance regional search and rescue, law enforcement capabilities and established clear procedures for aircraft flight deconfliction, a model template used by other Coast Guard units.

Blomme will be reporting to Coast Guard Headquarters as the Chief of the Coast Guard’s Office of Congressional Affairs.

Captain Allan reports from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as the Special Assistant to the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Allan assumed command of Sector Jacksonville and responsibility for all Coast Guard missions in the Jacksonville Captain of the Port zone and area of responsibility including 10 of the 11 statutory missions of the Coast Guard.

These include: marine safety, search and rescue, drug interdiction, defense readiness, aids to navigation, migrant interdiction, living marine resources, other law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and ports, waterways and coastal security.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville provides unified command and control for accomplishing the Coast Guard’s mission and objectives. Sector Jacksonville’s area of responsibility encompasses 40,000-miles of ocean and inland waterways. Within the sector’s area of responsibility are 190-miles of coastline stretching from King’s Bay, Ga., to Port Malabar, Fla.

To cover this diverse area, Sector Jacksonville utilizes multi-mission Station Mayport, Fla., Security Detachment Mayport, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, Station Port Canaveral, Fla., Marine Safety Detachment Canaveral, Aids to Navigation Team Ponce de Leon and Jacksonville Beach. In addition, Sector Jacksonville is parent command to four cutters, Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray, Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher, Coast Guard Cutter Shrike and Coast Guard Cutter Hammer.

In an average year Sector Jacksonville will respond to 450 search and rescue cases, save or assist 700 lives, evaluate 3,000 commercial vessel arrivals, conduct 2,000 vessel inspections or examinations, service 3,000 aids to navigation, conduct 2,500 container inspections and 400 facility exams, investigate 75 reports of pollution, investigate 60 marine casualties, issue 91 marine event permits and provide hundreds of vessel security escorts.

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