From USCGC Valiant
A Change-of-Command ceremony was held on board Coast Guard Cutter Valiant onJuly 15 at Naval Station Mayport.
Cmdr. Timothy P. Cronin relieved Cmdr. Adam A. Chamie as Commanding Officer of Valiant during the time-honored military tradition.
Chamie is a native of Deep River, Connecticut, and he is a 1996 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Before taking command of Valiant in July, 2014, Chamie served as the Coast Guard's Liaison to US Naval Forces Africa, US Naval Forces Europe, and US Navy's Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy.
During his time on Valiant, Chamie and Valiant's crew interdicted, cared for and repatriated nearly 700 Haitian and Cuban migrants. Under Operation Southeast Watch, the cutter patrolled the Florida Straits and Windward Passage to discourage overloaded and unseaworthy vessels from taking to sea, a dangerous practice that unnecessarily risks the lives of hundreds of men, women and children.
Chamie led Valiant on Atlantic Area's first Reliance-class cutter deployment through the Panama Canal to the Eastern Pacific in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) in 2015. A U.S. Southern Command unit, JIATF-S oversees the detection of illicit traffickers and assists U.S. and multi-national law enforcement agencies with interdiction of these activities.
During this patrol, Valiant employed surface and airborne use-of-force to interdict 5 go-fast vessels, seize 3.92 tons of cocaine valued at $116 million, and detain 16 suspected narcotics smugglers. In one instance, Valiant's two boarding teams interdicted two non-compliant go-fast vessels nearly simultaneously.
On the very next deployment, Chamie again led Valiant through the Panama Canal, interdicting eight go-fast vessels, seizing 4.7 tons of cocaine valued at $141 million, and detaining 23 suspected narcotics smugglers.
Cronin reports for duty aboard Valiant after being assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District Response Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida. As the Assistant Branch Chief from 2012 to 2016, he was responsible for the coordination and execution of drug and migrant interdiction operations across the Florida Straits, Windward Passage, and throughout the Caribbean Sea.
A native of Long Island, New York, Cronin graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1996.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition, which formally restates to the officers and crew of a unit the continuity and authority of command. It involves the total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.
Capt. Doug Fears, Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area, presided over the ceremony.
Coast Guard Cutter Valiant is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter with a 75-member crew.
Valiant and 26 other Medium Endurance Cutters are slated for replacement by a new class of cutters. The Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) will operate more than 50 miles from land, carrying out the Coast Guard's maritime security and safety missions in support of national interests.
The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities, and interoperability with other military and federal partners, superior to the cutters they will replace.
Valiant is the largest Coast Guard Cutter in north Florida and is homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
For more information about CGC Valiant, visit http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/cgcValiant