Coast Guard Lt. (Junior Grade) Lydia DeCastra recently took command of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stingray, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat. The cutter is home-ported in Mobile, Ala. and is responsible for an area from Carrabelle, Fla. to Gulfport, Miss. The mission of the cutter and its crew of 12 includes search and rescue, law enforcement and environmental protection. DeCastra previously served on the cutter Monomoy in Bahrain.

DeCastra is married to Coast Guard Lt. (JG) John DeCastra, and is the daughter of Thomas and Susan Monks of Trumbull. She is a 2009 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.