Sector Portland change of command

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Portland held a change of command ceremony on Friday at its Swan Island, Ore., base where Capt. Patrick Gerrity relinquished his command and retired after 25 years of active duty service.

During the change of command ceremony, Cmdr. Russell Proctor assumed the responsibilities of Coast Guard Sector Portland commanding officer. Rear Adm. John Currier, the Thirteenth Coast Guard District commander, presided over the ceremony.

Gerrity assumed the command of Sector Portland in 2005 and functioned as the Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal-on-Scene Coordinator, and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection for all of Oregon, most of Idaho and central and southern Washington.

Under Gerrity’s leadership, Sector Portland personnel have responded to over 700 search-and-rescue cases, conducted more than 1,200 Port State Control examinations, completed over 800 fishing vessel examinations, investigated 175 marine accidents, responded to 684 oil spills, and completed over 1,100 marine inspections.

Steeped in formal military tradition, the change of command ceremony represents a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one officer to another, before an assembly of the command’s crew and distinguished guests, to communicate the continuity of command.

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