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Where does the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Diligence go when it is not docked in Wilmington?

Amy Hotz
StarNews

Ensign Michael Persun, public information officer with the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Diligence had all the answers.

He said the ship can cruise anywhere along the Atlantic coast. But usually, it patrols from North Carolina down to the Gulf of Mexico.

When it’s in the North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia region, most of its missions involve fisheries enforcement and search and rescue operations.

Most work down in Florida, Cuba and Haiti has to deal with alien migration interdiction and counter drug operations. The ship is always on the lookout and available for search and rescue.

In the Gulf, they do it all – counter drug, counter illegal migration, fisheries enforcement and search and rescue.

While in port, most time is spent on routine maintenance and on training. The old saying, “A boat is a hole in the water you sink your money into,” goes for Coast Guard boats as well. The crew is often painting, replacing old valves and gaskets, and keeping the ship in Bristol fashion.

“We have small problems every day that we’ve got to handle,” Persun said. “We’re always trying to make things better for this ship, improving the quality of life.”

Training while at the dock downtown might involve anything from fire-in-the-engine-room drills to man-overboard drills.

In September 2010, the cutter was still putting itself back together after a recent stint in dry dock. Persun said the crew and officers recently brought in their personal effects, such as photos, and hung the Diligence’s awards in one of the passageways.

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