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What is the USCGC Diligence?

Ryan Kerbow
StarNews

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is one of a long line of Revenue Service/Coast Guard ships by that name which have been home ported here for the past 200 years, according to the ship’s website. It is the only active U.S. Coast Guard Cutter named after one of the first ten Revenue Cutters that is home ported in an original home port.

The first Diligence cutter (the name once given to tall, fast sailing ships that cut through the water) was launched in 1791 in Washington, NC, and sailed briefly out of New Bern before moving permanently to Wilmington in October 1792. At the time, the name Diligence was synonymous with catching smugglers on the high seas. Diligence I was replaced in fairly quick succession by Diligence II, III and IV, with each being bigger and faster, and all home ported along the Cape Fear River. Diligence V, a 125-foot diesel-powered Coast Guard cutter, was commissioned in 1919 and sailed out of New York; Boston; Cleveland; and finally Long Beach, Calif., before being decommissioned in 1961. It also served under the Department of the Navy during World War II.

Diligence VI, the one currently home ported in Wilmington, was commissioned in 1964. It is a 210-foot, diesel powered, helicopter-capable Coast Guard cutter with 76 crew members. Although originally home ported in Key West, Fla., then Cape Canaveral, Fla., it came to Wilmington in 1992 after a brief decommissioning and a $28 million refurbishment. While not docked along Water Street near the Alton Lennon Federal building, the ship and its crew are patrolling the East Coast, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Its main missions are to rescue mariners in distress, protect the environment and fisheries’ resources, stop immigration of illegal migrants, and help stop the flow of illegal drugs and contraband into the country. In 2003, Wilmington became the first city on the East Coast to be designated a “Coast Guard City, USA.” This honor, given by the Coast Guard, recognizes a community’s effort in meeting the needs of local Coast Guard personnel, “through its many actions, activities and events, while maintaining a robust, on-going relationship between the community as a whole and the local Coast Guard units.”

The USCGC Diligence and crew returns to Home Port in Wilmington, N.C. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 after its first operational deployment in a year. While deployed the crew of the Diligence patrolled the waters near Haiti and conducted counter drug and alien migration interdiction operations. Photo By Mike Spencer/STAR-NEWS

The USCGC Diligence and crew returns to Home Port in Wilmington, N.C. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 after its first operational deployment in a year. While deployed the crew of the Diligence patrolled the waters near Haiti and conducted counter drug and alien migration interdiction operations. Photo By Mike Spencer/STAR-NEWS

Diligence Specs

-1964, commissioned

-210-foot diesel powered, helicopter-capable Coast Guard cutter

-76 crew members, approximately

-1990 temporarily decommissioned for modernization

-1992 homeported in Wilmington after a $28 million refurbishment

Diligence Contact Information

Phone: 815-4528

Address: 109 N. Water St., Wilmington [Map this]

Website: At USCG.mil

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