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June 29, 2013

New commander installed for Newburyport Coast Guard station

New commander at Station Merrimack River

NEWBURYPORT — Command of the Coast Guard station here was transferred from Jason B. Holm to Mark W. DiLenge yesterday as more than 100 service personnel and state and city officials observed the formal presentation at the riverfront station.

Holm, 38, is retiring from the Coast Guard after 20 years, He will take the position of deputy harbormaster in Chatham, and he said he will start there Monday.

DiLenge, 40, who was transferred from a station in Honolulu, said, “It’s known through our service that Newburyport is a great assignment to get.

“I had to compete for this position, and I am very glad that I was successful. I look forward to keeping up the close relationship between the city and the Coast Guard.”

DiLenge is a native of Boise, Idaho. He is a senior chief petty officer — as was Holm — and he enlisted in 1992.

Previous duties include officer in charge, Station Honolulu; officer in charge, Station Ketchikan, Alaska; senior duty officer and surfman, Station Siuslaw River, Ore.; crewmember, Omega Station, a radio transmission station in Lamoure, N.D.; and crewmember on the Dallas, based in New York harbor.

The station that he will supervise, located at 65 Water St., is composed of about 30 men and women, and possesses two 47-foot boats and one 25-foot (shallow-water) vessel.

The Coast Guard and its organizational predecessors have a long history in the community.

The service itself was founded in Newburyport in 1791, and was formalized in that distinction by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.

The first station in the modern era, known as Plum Island Station, was built in 1873.

The current station on the riverfront was opened in August 1973.

One of the key roles of service personnel here is assisting boaters who are in distress. Service officials say local teams cover an area from Portsmouth, N.H., to about Rockport, and rescue teams travel up to 25 miles out to sea.

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