Papp Provides Forces, Logistics for Gulf Spill Response

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ADM Papp arrives in Venice, La. to view operations at the oil spill response staging area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barry Bena)
ADM Papp arrives in Venice, La. to view operations at the oil spill response staging area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barry Bena)
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
ADM Papp responded to a proposal that currently sits before the uniform board and wore a new Operational Dress Uniform test item, an eight-point hat, during his recent trip to UAC Robert, ICP Houma and ICP Mobile. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Adm. Bob Papp, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, is working this week to fine tune Coast Guard support to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response effort.

One immediate result of Papp’s trip is the transfer of Federal On-Scene Coordinator duties between Rear Adm. Mary Landry and Rear Adm. James Watson that occurred Tuesday at Unified Area Command (UAC) Robert.

“It’s critically important for us to get Rear Adm. Landry back in command of the Eight Coast Guard District, so that we are prepared in the event of a hurricane,” said Papp.

Papp traveled to Incident Command Post (ICP) Houma, La., a staging area in Venice, La., and ICP Mobile, Ala., on Friday.  He also conducted an over flight of spill response operations along the Mississippi River Delta.  On Saturday, Papp visited UAC Robert, La.

“These tours and briefings give me a needed reality check on the status of our people and support to the response,” said Papp. “I am energized by the exceptional work Coast Guard personnel are doing to fight this spill.”

ADM Papp addresses the staff of the Deepwater Horizon/BP unified command center. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Gary Rives)
ADM Papp addresses the staff of the Deepwater Horizon/BP unified command center. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Gary Rives)

The trip also better positioned Papp to manage the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is maintained by the Coast Guard, and provide sustained forces to the effort.  Work in both of these areas is ongoing.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force Mark Allen traveled with Papp.  The two master chiefs met with senior enlisted members at each location to gain insights on the status of Coast Guard responders, including: living conditions, work hours, deployment impacts and administrative support.

“I am committed to providing the Coast Guard’s full support in cutters, boats, aircraft, and personnel,” said Papp.

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