WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence said goodbye to Wilmington - its home since 1994 - Monday afternoon.
The Diligence departed from Wilmington just after noon on Monday to conduct “a patrol in support of the Seventh Coast Guard District,” before returning to its new homeport of Pensacola, Florida.
“We have new cutters that are coming out in the Coast Guard offshore patrol cutters. They are much larger, more capable ships," said Cdr. Luke Slivinski, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. "Diligence is 56 years old this year and the end of her service life is coming in the not so distant future to be replaced by the larger cutters that we couldn’t accommodate in Wilmington.
“The special relationship that we’ve had is very unique. We’ve cherished it. Again, we’re very sad to say goodbye and kind of end this chapter of Diligence history here in Wilmington.”