March 4, 2013
Cmdr Jon Townsend (left) relieves Cmdr. Jerry Dearie of command of Patrol Squadron Six Two.
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Patrol Squadron Six Two (VP-62) held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (Fla.), Saturday, Feb. 23, and Cazenovia native Cmdr. Jon Townsend took command of the squadron. With the words, “I relieve you, sir,” Townsend relieved Cmdr. Jerry Dearie as commanding officer and became the 31st commanding officer of the Broadarrows of VP-62, one of two Reserve maritime patrol squadrons in the Navy.