Jun 1, 2010 12:10 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard is replacing the admiral who
has been the federal on-scene coordinator since an oil rig exploded
and millions of gallons of crude leaked into the Gulf.
The spill's unified command center said in a news release
Tuesday that Rear Adm. Mary Landry will return to duties as
commandant of the 8th Coast Guard District in New Orleans to focus
on hurricane season preparations.
Her replacement is Rear Adm. James Watson, who joined Landry as
deputy on-scene coordinator three days after the rig exploded April
Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert Papp says in a statement that
Landry's relief had been planned since the start of the response.
Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander,
praised Landry's performance.