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Posted: Jul 10, 2010 8:06 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: gulf spill, oil, coast guard

Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft will relieve Rear Adm. James Watson as federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf oil spill.

National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Saturday that Zukunft will take over the job Monday.
Zukunft is the Coast Guard's assistant commandant for marine safety, security and stewardship. He has been handling strategic planning for the spill response for several weeks.

Watson will return to duty as Coast Guard Atlantic area deputy commander, based in Portsmouth, Va.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry, the first Coast Guard officer in the on-scene coordinator role, earlier returned to duty as commandant of the 8th Coast Guard District in New Orleans.

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