Coast Guard Sector Northern New England to hold change of command

PORTLAND, Maine – Capt. James B. McPherson will assume command from Capt. James Rendon as commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 11 a.m., Friday at the Coast Guard base in South Portland, Maine.

McPherson most recently served as chief of the public affairs office at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for directing the service-wide public affairs program and executing crisis communication strategies for incidents of national significance.

Rendon has been in command in Maine for one year, serving as the Sector Northern New England commander. Significant activities during his tour include 200 search and rescue cases, 3,000 law enforcement boardings, 750 vessel exams and inspections, maintenance of more than 1,000 aids to navigation, and winter ice breaking operations.

“It has truly been a privilege to serve the Northern New England maritime community,” said Rendon. “I am proud of the hard-working, capable Coast Guardsmen of the sector and am grateful for the strong relationships we enjoy with our various local, state, federal, and industry partners. Together we have ensured a safe and secure maritime environment.”

Rendon also was responsible for two presidential security details and led the Coast Guard’s efforts during two multi-national exercises that tested safety and security capabilities. Rendon has also led the Area Maritime Security Committee and other forums, promoting collaborative efforts and exercises to enhance maritime safety and security throughout the northern New England coastal region. Rendon, due to the needs of the service, is being transferred to the position of executive assistant to Vice Adm. Vivien Crea, vice commandant of the Coast Guard.

The area of responsibility for Sector Northern New England extends across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and a portion of northeastern New York, spanning more than 5,000 miles of coastline and 11,000 square nautical miles of water. The commander of Sector Northern New England is responsible for all Coast Guard operations in the region including maritime safety and security, protection of natural resources, and maritime mobility. The commander oversees 20 Coast Guard field units and cutters across the four-state region and exercises federal authority granted by law and regulation as captain of the port, federal maritime security coordinator, officer in charge marine inspection, and federal on-scene coordinator. The Sector Northern New England staff enjoys an excellent working relationship with the port communities and other governmental agencies in the Northeast.

This change marks the second change of command ceremony for the sector since it was officially established on June 30, 2005.

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