New commander takes over at Naval Station Mayport

U.S. Navy Capt. Jason Canfield, new commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport.


By TERESA STEPZINSKI | The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville | Published: July 30, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — Capt. Jason Canfield is the new commander of Naval Station Mayport.

Canfield relieved Capt. David Yoder in a change of command ceremony Friday that included Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been stationed at Naval Station Mayport during his U.S. Navy service.

"Capt. Canfield brings a wealth of knowledge and experience including multiple tours abroad and has deployed in support of every numbered fleet across the globe in support of numerous operations," DeSantis said during the ceremony.

"Capt. Yoder is leaving Mayport in great hands, and I'm confident Captain Canfield will serve and lead with distinction in his new role as commander," DeSantis said.

Naval Station Mayport is home to the Navy's 4th Fleet. It is one of three major Navy installations in the Jacksonville area. The naval station boasts both a seaport and air facility which aids in the mission of sustaining and enhancing war-fighter readiness, according to the governor's office.

Canfield is a Florida native who graduated from Cocoa High School. He became a naval flight officer in March 1997. Since then, he's accrued more than 2,000 flight hours. During his career, Canfield has been deployed with every U.S. Navy fleet.

Yoder's new assignment will be at Navy Region Southeast, which is at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Yoder will serve as a staff member.

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