Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns home after deterring migrants, responding to hurricanes

October 26, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington on Friday, following a 60-day patrol in the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The Diligence’s crew performed counter-drug and migrant interdiction in the northern Caribbean Sea and post-hurricane responses in North Carolina and Florida. The crew began their patrol in the Windward Passage between the west coast of Haiti and the east coast of Cuba to deter and respond to mass migration. Their presence served to discourage the departure of unstable and overloaded sailing freighters and kept them…

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Coast Guard sets Port Condition Whiskey, X-ray at Mid-Atlantic ports as Hurricane Florence approaches

September 10, 2018 – The Captain of the Port for North Carolina set Port Condition X-ray, and the COTP for Virginia and Maryland set Port Condition Whiskey as of Monday evening, indicating that hurricane-force conditions are anticipated. Port Condition Whiskey indicates that sustained winds greater that 39 mph are possible within 72 hours. Condition X-ray is within 48 hours. The Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City set X-ray at 9 p.m., Monday, with Hampton Roads anticipating the change to X-ray just after midnight. The COTP of Baltimore set a modified version…

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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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USCGC Diligence Returns to Wilmington NC

February 8, 2017 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington Tuesday following a 62-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The crew of the Diligence performed a wide range of Coast Guard missions during the patrol, from public affairs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to drug interdiction operations stretching from Mexico to Panama.  The Diligence crew patrolled in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) South in the Eastern Pacific. Along with JIATF South, the U.S. Coast Guard works alongside interagency and international partners to prevent and respond to illegal maritime migration…

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