Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station New London Relieved for Cause

NEW YORK-A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New London takes attendees of  Station New London's response boat acceptance ceremony for a tour on the station's new 45-foot response boat medium, New London, Conn., October 28, 2010.  The 45-foot response boat medium is the first delivered to the station to replace the aging 41-foot utility boats that have been in use for over 25-years.  Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth Johnson

Station New London 45-foot RB-M

NEW YORK – Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Stokes was relieved for cause as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station New London, Conn., Nov. 18, 2010, after an administrative review based on a loss of confidence in his ability to command the unit.

The relief for cause is a non-punitive, internal personnel management decision.

“Commanding a Coast Guard unit is one of the most vital assignments in our service,” said Capt. Joseph Vojvodich, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn. “It is essential that I have complete trust and confidence in all the commanding officers of my field units.”

This administrative process was initiated by the Sector Commander in October 2010, at which time a temporary commanding officer was assigned to the station. During the review process, Lt. Stokes was afforded the opportunity to provide input to both the Coast Guard District Commander, in Boston, where a temporary relief was ordered, and to Coast Guard Headquarters, where the final determination for permanent relief was made.

The station has remained fully operational in all mission areas.

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