Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder commissioned in Atlantic Beach, NC

The Coast Guard commissioned North Carolina’s first Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Snyder, during a ceremony in Atlantic Beach, April 20th. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment that allow their crews to more effectively conduct the Coast Guard’s statutory missions. The cutter is named after Richard Snyder, a World War II hero known for his brave actions in battle defending troops coming to shore on the Island of Biak at the western edge of Papua New Guinea. Snyder was awarded the Silver Star, and…

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USCGC Diligence returns to Wilmington after successful drug-interdiction patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington from a successful 65-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific today. The crew interdicted four high speed suspected smuggling vessels, detained 13 suspected drug traffickers and seized approximately 2,850 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated $90 million. In addition to conducting law enforcement activities, the Diligence crew crossed into the southern hemisphere, a historic first for many crew members. The equator crossing is a major milestone for mariners and is celebrated with a formal ceremony. During their patrol, the crew also spotted and…

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