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Why do some Coast Guard cutters like the Diligence have white sides with the orange stripe, while others are orange or black?

Amy Hotz
StarNews

According to Ensign Caleb Peacock, public information officer with the U.S. Coast Guard’s North Carolina Command Center in Atlantic Beach (which also covers the Wilmington area), the colors essentially indicate the cutter’s job.

White and orange cutters do law enforcement. Black and orange boats work on aides to navigation such as buoys and day markers.

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2 Responses to “ Why do some Coast Guard cutters like the Diligence have white sides with the orange stripe, while others are orange or black?”

  1. On August 17, 2010 at 11:21 am grayarea wrote:

    The black hulls are painted black because it’s much easier to maintain with this color as these cutters are construction type cutters. They repair buoys, repair pilings and repair some bridges and other aids to navigation. They also do law enforcement from time to time as well as search and rescue. The black color of the hull makes it easier to have a tidy looking well maintained ship even when scratched up.
    The white hull cutters are painted white to show no aggression when enforcing laws in US territorial waters against vessels flagged in other countries. It shows that although they are US Naval vessels they are not committing an act of aggression if boarding the vessel. The US Navy’s hospital ships are painted white to also show no aggression (think of a white flag when surrendering) .

  2. On September 11, 2010 at 4:32 am Thomas Humphrey wrote:

    Coast Guard icebreakers have their hulls painted red so they are easier to spot in an ice pack. The icebreaker Northwind (I think) was stationed in Wilmington before we got the cutter that is currently assigned to Wilmington.



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