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has been engaged in chronicling the history of NOAA Corps and its ancestor
organizations. In doing so, the theme of kinship of NOAA Corps with
the Naval community is encountered time and again. In particular, our
kinship with the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command is striking.
As such, on the occasion of the Change of Command and Relieving Ceremony
of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command on board the USNS
PATHFINDER (T-AGS 60), it is appropriate to share an outstanding example
of that kinship and cooperation. The example that I have in mind is
the saga of the USS PATHFINDER (AGS-1), also known as the USC&GSS
PATHFINDER (OSS 30.)
I directed my staff to compile personal histories, official accounts,
and non-official published accounts of the PATHFINDER (this was the
second C&GS ship of that name; and, the vessel on which I served
my first sea duty) for compilation into a volume which I could share
with our fellow officers, scientists, technicians, and vessel operators
of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC). This resulting
compendium of PATHFINDER lore is primarily directed towards the WWII
exploits of the USS PATHFINDER, but it also traces the career of the
vessel through to its final decommissioning.
My wish is that the USNS PATHFINDER have as an illustrious career as
its namesake. May the name PATHFINDER always evoke images of cooperation
between our organizations, thoughts of perils shared and hard work accomplished
together, and a reminder of our similar heritage.
My congratulations are extended to Rear Admiral Paul G. Gaffney on the
assumption of command of NMOC. Likewise, I congratulate Rear Admiral
John E. Chubb for his conclusion of a successful tour of duty as the
outgoing Commanding Officer of NMOC and wish him well in his retirement.
Rear Admiral Sigmund R. Petersen, NOAA
Director, NOAA Corps Operations
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