Matthew Jaskoski took command of NOAA’s coastal mapping ship Ferdinand Hassler Thursday. His delightful family and adoring neighbors were in attendance. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker thanked crew members in her keynote speech.
President Thomas Jefferson asked Ferdinand Hassler (the ship’s namesake) to commission a group to chart the nation’s coastlines on July 21, 1807—209 years to the day prior to Jaskoski taking command. Megan Jaskoski pinned on Matt’s new rank, and the kids fought over his hat later while touring the ship.
Congratulations! Fair winds and following seas!