ASTORIA, Ore. - Capt. Daniel L. LeBlanc passed the authority of command to Capt. Patrick A. Ropp at Marine Safety Unit Portland‘s change of command ceremony on Swan Island today.<br /> <br /> Capt. LeBlanc is responsible for prevention operations covering three states, which includes 550 coastal miles, extending 200 miles offshore, and served as the federal incident commander for the multi-agency oil and hazardous material response to the derelict vessel Davy Crockett.<br /> <br /> Capt. Ropp served as the chief of the Inspections and Investigations Branch for the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska, where he organized the nation’s largest non-emergent, relief and prevention outreach effort, while scheduling more than 55 tribal engagements in 26 villages throughout the North Slope and Western Alaska. <br /> <br /> The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which signifies the transfer of responsibility and formally states the officer’s continuity and authority of command. <br /> <br /> It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command and it confirms to the men and women of the unit the authority of command is maintained.<br /> <br /> For more information contact Coast Guard Public Affairs at 503-861-6132.