Coast Guard Cutter Northland to hold change of command

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va., — Cmdr. Jason Ryan will relieve Cmdr. Holly Harrison as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland during a change of command ceremony at the Coast Guard Base Portsmouth at 10 a.m. Monday.

Harrison has commanded the crew aboard the Northland since May 2012. Her next tour will be as the Coast Guard’s national security affairs fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Ryan is arriving to the Northland from serving as the sponsor’s representative for the Offshore Patrol Cutter major acquisition project in the Office of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

His previous units include serving aboard six cutters and a maritime planner in the J-35 Future Operations Planning Division at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As the sponsor’s representative for the Offshore Patrol Cutter major acquisition project he developed the Offshore Patrol Cutter’s requirements, achieved program approval from the Department of Homeland Security and award of ship design contracts for the $10 billion shipbuilding program.

Jason H. Ryan received his commission in 1995 after graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The presiding official for the change of command ceremony will be Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, Commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area.

The Northland is slated to be replaced by a new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters that will be able to carry out the Coast Guard’s maritime security and safety missions.

The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interagency interoperability. Its advanced technical features include modern sensors and enhanced surveillance capabilities necessary to detect threats far from U.S. shores and meet the demands of the Coast Guard’s homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement and other vital missions.

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