Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound to hold Change of Command ceremony

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound will hold a Change of Command ceremony at Base Seattle, 1 p.m., Friday.

Capt. Linda Sturgis will relieve Capt. Joe Raymond as commander of the Sector, and Raymond’s next assignment will be at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as the executive assistant to the vice commandant of the Coast Guard.

Rear Adm. Mark Butt, commander, Coast Guard 13th District, will preside during the ceremony.

During Raymond’s command between 2014 and 2017, Sector Puget Sound …

  • Conducted 1,325 search and rescue cases, saving 174 lives, assisting 4,879 and preserving $45.5 million in property.
  • Ensured safe transit of more than 640,000 vessels
  • Managed $3.1 million of federal project funds, mitigating the potential spillage of 3.9 million gallons of oil into Puget Sound.
  • Ensured cyber security was incorporated to test operations in an area that receives 17 million passengers and a billion tons of freight per year.
  • Addressed safety & security standards with Transport Canada for LNG fueled vessels using the shared Pacific Northwest waters.
  • Performed 1,000 Shiprider patrols in partnership with Royal Canadian Mounted Police along the Canadian border resulting in boarding 500 vessels and the interdiction of 24 kilos of MDMA worth $3.8 million and multiple arrests.

“Sector Puget Sound personnel have made significant strides in making Puget Sound one of the safest large ports in the nation, decreasing marine casualties, reducing oil spilled to historically low levels, and on average our VTS prevented two collisions, allisions, and groundings per month,” said Capt. Joe Raymond, commander, Sector Puget Sound. “Additionally, Sector Puget Sound worked closely and cooperatively with numerous Canadian agencies to ensure our shared 125-mile maritime border was safe and secure while protecting our environment and operating the only cooperative Vessel Traffic Service center in the world, and updating and exercising our shared oil spill response plan.”

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