Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

April 12, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,
Captain Jim Crocker is picking up the pen this week while I am on leave.


Greetings Everyone,

I would like to thank the Admiral for allowing me this opportunity to reintroduce myself to everyone in Coast Survey and for selecting me to lead the Navigation Services Division. After a 5-year hiatus, it is great to be back at the Office of Coast Survey!

I write this at the end of my first week at NSD and the one thing that is readily apparent at the division is that same passion for the mission that I have found everywhere else I have worked within Coast Survey. This is a passion I share and is also why I am excited to be back and honored to lead NSD.

The Navigation Services Divisions has a unique mission in that it touches the full breadth of Coast Survey’s portfolio. It is responsible for customer outreach, engaging stakeholders, and building partnerships; for navigation response and hydrographic survey operations; for assisting with the testing of new tools and equipment for the field; and for maintaining and supporting products and services to the mariner. Over the next few weeks I will be meeting with Coast Survey leadership, NSD branch chiefs, and our customers and partners to get fully up to speed on the division's operations, priorities, opportunities, and challenges. I will be working with my leadership team to ensure the division is best aligned and resourced to support the Admiral’s shared vision for Coast Survey.

I appreciate the warm welcome back that I have received and thank Matt Kroll and Lucy Hick for the great job they did leading the division in the interim.

Captain Jim Crocker
Chief, Navigation Services Division