Coast Guard Lt.(jg) Nathan Swardson assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Halibut Thursday, July 28th.

Halibut, an 87-foot patrol boat, is stationed in Marina del Rey and is responsible for homeland security, search and rescue and maritime law enforcement along the West Coast.

Halibut was commissioned in April 2002 and Swardson will be its third commanding officer.

Swardson replaces Coast Guard Lt. Khristopher Johns, who had been the commanding officer of the cutter since 2003. Johns has assumed a new Coast Guard position in Seattle.

Swardson is from Valparaiso, Iowa and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

He was previously the deck watch, communications and administrative officer aboard the cutter Resolute.

He also served as the executive officer aboard the cutter Wrangell during its recent deployment to the Middle East.

The Halibut is Swardson’s first assignment as a ship commanding officer.