The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence arrived on Monday at the cutter’s new homeport in Pensacola, Florida after a 64-day patrol in the Caribbean.
According to the Coast Guard, the Diligence crew performed counter drug, search and rescue, and migrant interdiction operations in Coast Guard District Seven.
The Diligence spent the previous 28 years homeported in Wilmington, NC historic downtown Riverwalk. The ship departed Wilmington, NC for the last time on May 25, 2020 and marked the completion of its third homeport shift after mooring Monday at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
“Diligence’s departure from Wilmington, North Carolina, was bittersweet, and we look forward to starting the next chapter of Diligence’s long and storied history in Pensacola,” said Cmdr. Luke Slivinski, Diligence’s commanding officer. “The crew’s commendable professionalism and proficiency enabled Diligence’s successful patrol execution amidst the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Diligence is a 56-year-old, 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter and has a crew of 70.