NOAA 99-R827
Contact: Jeanne Kouhestani

Rainier is Homeported in Seattle, Wash.

Cmdr. Daniel R. Herlihy, NOAA Corps, has taken command of the NOAA hydrographic survey ship Rainier, relieving Capt. Alan D. Anderson, who has since retired after serving 27 years with the NOAA Corps.

Rainier is NOAA's largest (231 ft.) and most modern hydrographic survey vessel, operating primarily in Alaskan coastal waters to acquire the data needed for compilation into NOAA's nautical charts.

"Cmdr. Herlihy has an excellent, proven track record in serving NOAA programs at sea and on shore with the highest level of professionalism," said Rear Adm. Evelyn Fields, director of the Office of NOAA Corps Operations. "I have every confidence that he will continue the outstanding work of Capt. Alan Anderson, who integrated new technology into Rainier's survey systems and significantly increased the ship's productivity."

Herlihy became a commissioned officer of the NOAA Corps in 1978. Prior to assuming command of Rainier, he spent four years as project manager and space environment forecaster at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo. Herlihy has spent more than eight years in his career assigned to sea duty, most recently as commanding officer of the NOAA ship Rude from 1993 to 1995. His other shore assignments include chief, Ocean Mapping Unit, Pacific Hydrographic Branch; chief, Digital Mapping Unit, Ocean Mapping Section; and operations officer, Marine Assessment Research Division, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.

Herlihy graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 with a B.S. in geology and oceanography. After joining the NOAA Corps, he earned two masters degrees: a master of marine affairs in marine resource management from the University of Washington (1985), and a master of science in technical management from The Johns Hopkins University (1991).

Herlihy is married to the former Karen Marie Jangard and they have three children: Andy, Kristin, and Ben. They reside in Lafayette, Colo.

As part of the NOAA fleet of research ships and aircraft, Rainier is operated and managed by the Office of NOAA Corps Operations, composed of civilians and commissioned officers. The NOAA Corps is a uniformed service of the United States, composed of officers – all scientists or engineers – who provide NOAA with an important blend of operational, management, and technical skills that support the agency's programs at sea, in the air, and ashore.