Coast Guard International Ice Patrol holds change of command ceremony

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath relieved Cmdr. Lisa Mack as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol in a change-of-command ceremony at The University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, today.

Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, Coast Guard 1st District Commander, Boston, presided over the ceremony, a time-honored tradition that formally restates to the officers and personnel the continuity of the authority of the command. It is a total transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one individual to another.

Prior to reporting to the Ice Patrol, McGrath served as the Assistant Commandant of Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy since 2011, acting as the central point of integration for military, academic, and athletic facets of cadet development. McGrath graduated with honors from the Coast Guard Academy in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. She earned her Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography in 2006.

Mack served as commander of the International Ice Patrol since June 2010 and she has fulfilled the role of Co-Director in the North American Ice Service.  Mack was responsible for the safe and efficient execution of the Ice Patrol mission in close cooperation with the Canadian Ice Service. She is headed to Seattle for her next tour at the Coast Guard 13th District Enforcement Branch. 

Formed by international agreement in the wake of the RMS Titanic disaster, the International Ice Patrol (IIP) has successfully protected the North Atlantic shipping lanes from the hazard of icebergs for 100 years.   Throughout its existence, the IIP has evolved through a series of profound structural and operational changes.  From its beginnings with the Revenue Cutter Service’s vessels Miami and Seneca to today’s HC-130J aircraft equipped with the ELTA-2022 360° X-Band Radar, the IIP has remained dedicated to locating and tracking icebergs in the cold, foggy waters of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and providing mariners with timely and accurate iceberg limits. Not a single ship heeding the Ice Patrol warnings has struck an iceberg.

Click the photo for more from the ceremony.

Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath (right) salutes Cmdr. Lisa Mack, assuming command of the Coast Guard International Ice Patrol during a change of command ceremony held at the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Aug. 1, 2013. Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath relieved Cmdr. Lisa Mack as commander of the Ice Patrol in the ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson)

Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath (right) salutes Cmdr. Lisa Mack, assuming command of the Coast Guard International Ice Patrol during a change of command ceremony held at the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Aug. 1, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson)

Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath (right) salutes Cmdr. Lisa Mack, assuming command of the Coast Guard International Ice Patrol during a change of command ceremony held at the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Aug. 1, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson)

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