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Press Release | June 16, 2023

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound to conduct change-of-command ceremony

WHO: Capt. Eva J. Van Camp, the outgoing Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound commander, Capt. Elisa M. Garrity, the incoming sector commander

WHAT: Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound change-of-command ceremony

WHEN: Wednesday, June 21 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at 120 Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512


Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending should RSVP to the Coast Guard at (475) 355-8394 or the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Public Affairs Officer at by 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 20. Media should be prepared to show media credentials and a government issued photo ID to gain access to the base. Entry to the base will be allowed on the day of the event at 9:30 a.m.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound is scheduled to conduct a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday at Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven.

During the ceremony Capt. Eva J. Van Camp is scheduled to transfer command of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound to Capt. Elisa M. Garrity.

Van Camp, who originally took command of Sector Long Island Sound in July 2020, is transferring to New London where she will serve as the assistant superintendent for the Coast Guard Academy.

Garrity is reporting from the U.S. Naval War College and previously served as the deputy sector commander and alternate Captain of the Port at Coast Guard Sector Boston, where she oversaw operations from the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state border, south to Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts and extending into the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles offshore.

Sector Long Island Sound is responsible for numerous Coast Guard operational missions which include search and rescue, law enforcement, domestic ice breaking, maintenance of aids to navigation, port safety and security, marine environmental protection, waterways management, marine inspection, and casualty investigation.

The sector commander is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout three coastlines - Connecticut plus north and south shores of Long Island. The area of responsibility encompasses 23,600 square miles with 450 miles of coastline extending out to sea 200 nautical miles.

Sector Long Island Sound is comprised of the sector command staff, Sector Field Office Moriches, 13 sub-units, Marine Safety Detachment Coram and seven Auxiliary Divisions. Total personnel include more than 550 active duty, reserve and civilian members and 1,300 auxiliary members.

The change-of-command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

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