Coast Guard Captain Removed from Command, Reassigned

From left, Capt. Andrew Tucci, commander of Sector Long Island Sound, stands with Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, commander of Coast Guard First District, and retired Capt. Edward Cubanski during a change-of-command ceremony at the sector in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 8, 2016. Steve Strohmaier/Coast Guard
From left, Capt. Andrew Tucci, commander of Sector Long Island Sound, stands with Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, commander of Coast Guard First District, and retired Capt. Edward Cubanski during a change-of-command ceremony at the sector in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 8, 2016. Steve Strohmaier/Coast Guard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Coast Guard officials have temporarily removed a captain from a top post in Connecticut, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Officials announced Friday that Capt. Andrew Tucci was removed from command of Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, a post that oversees all Coast Guard activity in southern Connecticut and northern Long Island in New York.

He was reassigned to the Coast Guard's Research and Development Center in New London until further notice.

The Coast Guard did not say exactly why Tucci was reassigned.

Lt. Cmdr. Karen Kutkiewicz says there is an internal investigation and no discipline has been imposed. She would not elaborate.

Cmdr. Kevin Reed, the deputy commander of Sector Long Island Sound, has been appointed to the command position.

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