Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral to hold change of command ceremony

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony Friday at 10 a.m.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Locke will be relieved by Chief Warrant Officer James Dubea.

Dubea, a native of New Orleans, La., most recently served as the executive officer aboard the 175-foot Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb, homeported in San Pedro, Calif. Dubea enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1990 and was appointed to chief warrant officer in 2005.

“I expect my tour to be demanding, but professionally rewarding in working with the multiple federal, state, and local agencies within Station Port Canaveral’s area of responsibility,” Dubea said.

Station Port Canaveral personnel respond to approximately 300 search and rescue cases a year and has provided water-side security for more than 500 NASA and Air force space flight missions.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a custom that is formal and impressive and designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization.

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