Coast Guard activates Sector Puget Sound during change of command ceremony

SEATTLE – Sector Puget Sound held a ceremony marking the shift from Sector Seattle to Sector Puget Sound, immediately preceding a change of command ceremony here, Wednesday.

The initiative commonly referred to as sectorization is part of a nationwide effort to consolidate the many responsibilities, missions and jurisdictions within the Coast Guard. The move is also aimed at increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Coast Guard personnel and assets.

Following the sectorization ceremony, Sector Puget Sound held a time honored change of command ceremony where Capt. Scott Ferguson relieved Capt. Scott Bornemann as Commanding Officer, Sector Puget Sound.

Ferguson took over command of the recently restructured Sector Seattle, now known as Sector Puget Sound, which was established on July 30th, 2010 to better serve the Puget Sound’s maritime community.

[amazon-product]0071420398[/amazon-product]”The genesis of this restructuring is due in large part to an examination of the missions, services and responsibilities we execute daily and how we can improve our service to the maritime community,” said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Gary Blore, the commander in charge of all 13th Coast Guard District (encompassing the Pacific Northwest) operations.  “Sectorization represents a tangible result of those lessons learned – having one voice as the local Coast Guard spokesperson – whether it is with the public we serve, the industries we regulate, or other government agencies with which we partner.”

This restructuring affects several Coast Guard units in Wash., by consolidating the many federal authorities that locally monitor maritime commerce, safety and security and placing them under the commander of Sector Puget Sound.

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