WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington-based Coast Guard Cutter Diligence crew is scheduled to return to homeport Friday.
The crew was on a 37-day patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean in support of Operation Atlantic Venture, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.
Officials say during the patrol, the crew aboard the Diligence served as the at-sea commander for Operation Atlantic Venture to oversee and direct the operations of nine of the coast Guard assets throughout the course of the operation.
This, they say, involved the crew coordinating the patrol efforts of both air and surface assets to enforce a full spectrum of federal laws related to vessel safety, maritime security and to protect New England fish stocks.
The crew completed 33 vessel inspections and assisted the Navy by maintaining a safety zone for several exercises.
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