NOAA Ship Leaves Woods Hole with All-Female Crew
June 6, 2012
CapeCodOnline: With boats milling about the calm water behind her, Anna-Liza Villard-Howe stood with all the rigidity of her white officer’s military uniform as she saluted the flag during the singing of the national anthem.
So began a traditional change-of-command ceremony for a vessel manned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps. But the 50 people gathered at the flag plaza on Water Street Friday witnessed a historical event for NOAA.
“It will be the first time we’ve had an all-woman crew,” said retired NOAA Corps Capt. Jack Moakley, who first commanded the Research Vessel Gloria Michelle, the ship of which Lt. Villard-Howe, 32, of Martha’s Vineyard, assumed command.