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Command Philosophy

“From Aztec Shore to Arctic Zone”


Our #1 priority is executing the Coast Guard’s mission:

Ensuring the Safety, Security and Stewardship of our Nation’s waters


We must be prepared to execute any operation, at any time, in any part of the world.  We will execute some duties routinely; others will be rare or new.  We will monitor, operate, regulate and enforce as needed to carry out our mission, whether in our homeport or far from home.


Professional Excellence

Proficiency:   Each of us will continually strive to master our respective duties.  “Good enough” is never good enough.  Become an expert at whatever you do. 

Planning = Performance:  Failure to plan is planning to fail.  Prepare for the known and unknown, and remain flexible.  Proactively identify and solve problems early.  Though we will try to avoid unnecessary change, change is an inevitable part of our work.  Ask yourself “What if...?” and plan accordingly. 

Communications:  Speak up!  You can never over communicate.  Share information via open, honest and professional discussion.  Actively listen to others in order to understand their point of view.  Give constructive feedback and solicit, accept and learn from feedback provided by others.

Teamwork:  No matter your position on the ship, what you do is vital and only by working together can we succeed.  Take personal ownership of your role in achieving NORTHLAND’s success.

Everyone is a Leader, Mentor, Trainer:  Help others strive towards personal and professional growth, and achieve their qualifications, certifications, advancements and promotions.

Innovation:  Find smarter, better, more effective and more efficient ways of doing business.  Challenge assumptions, check references, and offer suggestions for improvement. 


Personal Well-Being

Take Care of Yourself, Your Shipmates, and Your Families and Loved Ones:  We cannot carry out the Coast Guard’s mission if we don’t take care of ourselves, including those important to us.

Self Improvement:  Seek additional skills and knowledge.  Continually work toward achieving short and long term professional and personal goals.



Core Values – Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty: The Coast Guard’s core values are my professional and personal values.  As Coast Guard members, you will adhere to them at all times. 

Do the Right Thing for the Right Reasons:   What you do when no one is watching matters.  Seize, maintain and never surrender the ethical high ground. 

Hold Yourself and Your Shipmates Accountable:  Set a personal example in what you say and do.  Trust your people and delegate where appropriate but never give up your responsibility. 

Attitude is Key!  Attitudes are self-fulfilling prophecies.  If you approach something with a negative attitude or outlook, you will make it a miserable experience.  The opposite is also true.  Approach what you do with a positive “make the best of it” attitude.


Make no doubt about it, sea duty is hard.  We will face many challenges, frequent changes, long hours, and time away from family and friends.  However, if we tackle our challenges with positive attitudes and professional excellence, take pride in and care of our ship, and look out for each other, your time aboard NORTHLAND will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your career!



Holly R Harrison

Commanding Officer