Northeast Coast Guard Holds Change of Command Ceremony in Boston

US Coast Guard Boat

HYANNIS – Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall is the site of Thursday’s change of command ceremony for the First Coast Guard District.

The district includes more than 11,000 active duty reserve, civilian, and auxiliary personnel and employs 30 cutters, 200 boats and eight aircraft.

As part of the change of command, Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin will assume responsibilities from Rear Admiral Linda L. Fagan as commander of the First Coast Guard District.

Fagan, who served as commander for the past two years, will continue her Coast Guard career as the Deputy for Operations Policy and Capabilities at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“There’s been just a seamless transition and Coast Guard operations will continue unaffected and continued to be carried out,” said Fagan. “There won’t be any sort of misstep from an authorities and responsibilities standpoint.”

The First Coast Guard District covers eight states in the Northeast, including more than 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S., Canadian border to northern New Jersey and 1,300 miles offshore.

In an average year, the First Coast Guard District saves 486 lives, conducts over 1,700 search and rescue cases, assists more than 2,200 people and safeguards over $943 million in property at sea.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have had the opportunity to serve in an area of the country that is so steeped in maritime tradition and history and coast guard tradition and history,” said Fagan.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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