Capt. Joseph M. Vojvodich, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound who oversaw the ceremony, said in an interview that he is working with the Navy and Coast Guard Headquarters to continue to meet the overall objective of ensuring the waterways are safe.
It will still take a few months, Vojvodich
said, to sort everything out, but "the Navy
is going to take on some additional roles and we're going to help them get to that point."
"We have high-value units moving through the Thames River.
We want to make sure they're in a great position and we don't want to jeopardize the public," he
The station is responsible for a 360-square-mile area and 75 miles of rivers.
Along with providing security to naval vessels, the station coordinates massive public events with local governments, helps ensure civilian and commercial vessels are safe and provides security for critical local infrastructure, including Electric Boat, the Naval Submarine Base and the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, Vojvodich
Hartfiel and Tavernier exchanged salutes with each other and Vojvodich
Tavernier previously served as the chief of readiness and assessments at the Coast Guard's Deployable Operations Group in Arlington, Va. Vojvodich said Tavernier has a strong foundation of leadership and operational expertise.