Coast Guard Cutter Diligence arrives in new homeport after 64-day patrol

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence arrives at its new homeport onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, on Monday, July 27, after a 64-day patrol in the Caribbean. The Diligence performed Counter Drug, Search and Rescue, and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations in support of Coast Guard District Seven. Photo provided by Coast Guard

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. 

Members of the Navy League of Pensacola stand in the rain to welcome the the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence to their new homeport onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, on Monday, July 27. The Diligence was previously stationed at Wilmington, North Carolina. The Diligence’s primary missions consist of counter drug, migrant interdiction, enforcing federal fishery laws, and search and rescue in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard

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.”

Apt. Tim Kinsella, commanding officer of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, greets the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence as they arrive at their new homeport onboard NAS Pensacola, Florida, on Monday, July 27. The Fifty-six year old Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter with a crew of 70 personnel. Diligence’s primary missions consist of counter drug, migrant interdiction, enforcing federal fishery laws, and search and rescue in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard

The Diligence is a 56-year-old, 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter and has a crew of 70.

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