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CAPT Christopher S. Keane



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

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

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

As a marine safety professional, CAPT 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.

CAPT Keane’s decorations include four Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and two Achievement Medals. He is married to his wife Diana, and together they have six children. Their eldest, Michael, is a MK3 in the Coast Guard and their second child, Patrick, is a Dean’s List student at the University of Pittsburg Honors College. They also have two children in high school, Victoria and Sofia, and two in middle school, Brendan and Adriana.

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