Coast Guard Station Yankeetown hosts change of command ceremony

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John P. Chandler relieved Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Hinote, former commanding officer of Station Yankeetown, during a change of command ceremony at the Yankeetown-Inglis Womens Club, Friday.

During Hinote’s command, Station Yankeetown’s crew logged more than 4,375 hours underway conducting 590 search and rescue cases off the shores of Florida’s coastline from Rock Point to Aripeka. During the station’s patrols, the crew performed 921 maritime law enforcement boardings, and more than 240 Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security missions, resulting in 61 lives saved and the preservation of more than $700,000 in property.

Hinote will be reporting to Station Oregon Inlet, N.C., to become the officer-in-charge.

Chandler reports from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth, Va., where he served as the executive petty officer since May 2012.

Station Yankeetown’s area of responsibility covers 3,500 miles of Florida coastline that reaches into the inlets and bays of Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. In addition to the crew’s primary duties, the crew performs extensive community outreach such as hosting, mentoring Naval Sea Cadets and working hand-and-hand with numerous Auxiliary Flotillas.

Photos from the ceremony may be viewed at the CoastGuardNews Flickr page.

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