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NEWS | Sept. 3, 2021


By FST Public Affairs Team

Stennis Space Center, Ms. --  CDR Jonathan Savage was relieved by CDR Jennifer Landry as Commanding Officer, Fleet Survey Team in a ceremony at Stennis Space Center, September 3, 2021.
The Change of Command ceremony is not prescribed specifically by U.S. Navy Regulations, but rather is a time-honored naval tradition.
50 civilian [DRJ(LUCS(1] and military guests gathered to bid fair winds and following seas to Savage, as he departs after two years in command, and to welcome Landry as the new Commanding Officer.
The ceremony’s guest speaker was CAPT Wallace, Commanding Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office.
Savage, a native of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2002 and assumed command of FST in September 2019.
“FST builds and sustains the partnerships that enables our Navy’s global reach. I’m so proud to have been a part of this team. And I can’t wait to see what FST accomplishes going forward”.
CDR Savage is off to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command where he will be serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff of International Programs (N5). Savage expressed his immense appreciation and pride to Fleet Survey Team for the accomplishments they achieved while he was in command.
Landry, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of Denison University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, stated her eagerness on assuming command and her readiness to lead the team into the future. She joins Fleet Survey Team after completing her tour as the Environmental Capabilities Portfolio Manager and Geospatial Information and Services Officer on the Joint Staff. Landry is the 10th commander of FST.
“I want to thank all of you at FST for welcoming me into this unique team and for preparing me over the last few weeks, especially TD, XO, and Master Chief. FST, I am so excited to serve our nation alongside you.”
A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commander to another. It is designed to publicize to the officers, men and women of the command the absolute transfer of authority. The passing of colors, standards, or ensigns from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its service members and civilians are never without official leadership.
Fleet Survey Team conducts hydrographic surveys and related environmental assessments to enable safe and effective maritime navigation and access to the littoral for Naval and Joint forces. 
U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command directs and oversees more than 2,500 globally-distributed military and civilian personnel who collect, process and exploit environmental information to assist Fleet and Joint Commanders in all warfare areas to make better decisions, based on assured environmental information, faster than the adversary.
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