Coast Guard Sector San Francisco to receive new commander

Coast Guard Station San Francisco crewmembers, aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, escort the cutter Robert Ward, a Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter, through San Francisco Bay, Feb. 22, 2019. The Robert Ward is the newest Coast Guard cutter to be stationed in California and will provide additional resources to the Coast Guard in emergency response, maritime smuggling, marine safety, environmental protection, search and rescue, and port security. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll.

Coast Guard Station San Francisco 25-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll

SAN FRANCISCO — Capt. Marie Byrd is scheduled to replace Capt. Tony Ceraolo as the commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Thursday, during a change-of-command ceremony on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco.

Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander, is scheduled to preside over the event.

Ceraolo is scheduled to transfer to the Department of Homeland Security, where he will serve as senior counselor to the secretary.

Byrd most recently served as the deputy commander of Sector San Francisco.

The Sector San Francisco commander is responsible for maritime security, safety and stewardship from the Oregon Border to the San Luis Obispo County Line and includes more than 2,500 miles of shoreline within the San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.

Sector San Francisco is made up of more than 850 active-duty and reserve members, 43 civilian employees and more than 1100 auxiliarists. The sector has seven small boat stations, four 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boats and one aids to navigation team.

In the past year, sector has conducted 1,275 search and rescue cases saving 196 lives and assisting 1,530 people. In the fourth largest port in the country, sector teams have conducted 518 domestic vessel exams, 304 foreign vessel exams, 344 facility inspections and 1,214 container inspections. As stewards of the environment, pollution teams responded to more than 400 pollution incidents and managed $262,000 in federal response funding.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition. 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 sector’s area of responsibility.

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