Command - Sector Commander
Captain Scott Anderson has served as the Commander of U. S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and Captain of the Port in Philadelphia, PA, since June 2017. He oversees more than 750 Active Duty, Reserve, and civilian personnel and works alongside 2,100 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers who execute the Coast Guard missions of marine safety, security, and environmental protection across much of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and all of Delaware out to 200 miles offshore.
As the Sector Commander and Captain of the Port, Captain Anderson directs the safe mission execution of 22 Coast Guard units, including six Stations, seven seasonal Stations (small), two Aids to Navigation Teams, five cutters, as well as a Sector Field Office and a Marine Safety Detachment. He serves as the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection for the region. He also oversees the region’s federally designated Area Committee for pollution prevention and response, and the Area Maritime Security Committee to ensure the security of the port and maritime community.
CAPT Anderson started his career on the USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB-10), where he served as a student engineer and the Damage Control Assistant. He then transitioned to the Marine Safety Program, now part of the Prevention Program, serving tours at Marine Safety Office Houston-Galveston, Sector New Orleans, and Sector Lower Mississippi River in Memphis, TN. He is a qualified marine inspector with experience in domestic vessel, foreign vessel, and facility compliance.
Immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001 he transitioned to the newly created Port Security Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters where he was integral to the development of the Port Security Assessment Program, Port Security Risk Assessment Model, and safeguards for the sharing of sensitive security information within an unclassified joint industry-government environment.
In 2010 he was assigned as the Deputy Sector Commander at Sector Lower Mississippi River, where he oversaw Coast Guard missions on over 2,000 miles of river in six Midwest states. CAPT Anderson later served as the Chief of Inspections and Investigations for the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland, OH, providing policy guidance and support to Coast Guard units throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Prior to taking command, he served as Deputy Sector Commander at Sector Delaware Bay from 2015 to 2017.
A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Captain Anderson is a 1994 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. His personal awards include four Meritorious Service Medals with “O” Device, a Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” Device, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a Letter of Commendation as well as other personal, unit, and service awards. CAPT Anderson also holds a Coast Guard Rifleman Excellence in Competition Badge (Bronze).