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CAPT Christopher S. Keane                      U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads


CAPT Christopher S. Keane



Captain Keane assumed duties as Commander, Sector Hampton Roads in June 2014, after having served as the Sector Deputy for the two previous years. Prior to this assignment he served as the Coast Guard’s liaison the National Security Staff and as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy for Operations Policy & Capabilities.

A native of Long Island, New York, Captain Keane graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1987 and from Tulane University School of Law in 1991. After law school, Captain Keane returned to sea and has experience sailing jet fuel and chemical tankers, break bulk ships, and Liquefied Natural Gas tankers. Captain Keane entered the Coast Guard in 1994 through the Direct Commission Lawyer Program.

As an attorney, Captain Keane served at Coast Guard Headquarters where he focused on litigation involving Marine Safety and Search and Rescue operations. He was an integral part of the team that drafted the first Model Maritime Service Code, a document that identifies the legal authorities a maritime force needs to function as a military service, a law enforcement organization, and a regulatory agency. He served in the Eighth District legal office as the attorney for the Chief of Operations and several field units. As the attorney for Admiral Allen during Hurricane KATRINA, Captain Keane coordinated assistance to more than one and a half million disaster victims in three states and was instrumental in focusing the efforts of all federal, state, and local agencies in the affected communities.

As a marine safety professional, Captain Keane served at Marine Safety Office New Orleans where he obtained Hull, Machinery, Barge, Small Passenger Vessel, Offshore Supply Vessel, and Dry Dock qualifications as well as all Investigations qualifications. As the Acting Chief, Port Operations following 9-11, he stood-up the Marine Safety Office’s first Port Security Branch and developed the protocols for conducting joint missions with (then) Group New Orleans. He also served as the Chief of Prevention for Sector Portland, Oregon and was responsible for all Inspections, Investigations, and Waterways Management issues for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. During this tour, the Sector achieved the largest-ever criminal pollution violation on the west coast and the first illegal garbage dumping conviction.

Captain Keane’s decorations include five Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and two Achievement Medals.

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