Adm. Allen to stay on as commander of oil spill response

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen has agreed to remain in his current role as National Incident Commander for the administration’s continued, coordinated response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill after stepping down from his post as Coast Guard Commandant later this month as planned—enabling him to focus solely on managing the unprecedented response effort.

“Because Admiral Allen’s leadership has been so critical to our coordinated response to the BP Oil Spill, I have asked him—and he has agreed—to stay on as National Incident Commander after he steps down as Commandant of the Coast Guard later this month,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I commend his dedication to continuing to lead our administration-wide efforts to ensure that every available resource is leveraged efficiently and effectively to mitigate the spill’s impacts.”

“Since this event began, my focus has been on managing the all-hands-on-deck response to this ongoing incident,” said Admiral Allen. “Remaining in my current role as the National Incident Commander after being relieved as the Commandant will allow me to focus solely on this critical response, and Admiral Papp on the vital work of the Coast Guard.”

As planned and previously announced, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., will relieve Admiral Allen as Commandant later this month.