Navy medical research lab in Connecticut gets new commander

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Navy medical laboratory in Groton that does research on the wellness on submarine sailors is welcoming a new commanding officer.

Navy Capt. Frederick Yeo is taking over command of the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory at a ceremony Tuesday on the waterfront.

He replaces Capt. Steven Wechsler, whose tenure with the lab has included work on a study that led to changes in the sleep schedules kept aboard submarines.

The lab at the Naval Submarine Base researched and developed the psychological screening test for prospective submariners. In the future, Wechsler says he envisions the lab improving on that screening and reviewing the language of tests taken by submariners for words that may no longer carry their intended meaning among other projects.