PORTSMOUTH, VA. — The Virginia-based Coast Guard Cutter Northland has a new commanding officer.
A change of command ceremony took place Monday at the Coast Guard Base Portsmouth.
Cmdr. Jason Ryan relieved Cmdr. Holly Harrison as the Northlandís commanding officer.
Harrisonís next assignment will be as the Coast Guardís national security affairs fellow at Stanford Universityís Hoover Institution. She has commanded the Northlandís crew since May 2012.
Ryan previously served as the sponsorís representative for the Offshore Patrol Cutter major acquisition project in the Office of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He developed the Offshore Patrol Cutterís requirements, achieved program approval from the Department of Homeland Security and award of ship design contracts for the $10 billion shipbuilding program.