USCGC Diligence (WMEC-616)

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USCGC Diligence WMEC-616.jpg
Career (US)
Builder: Todd Shipyards, Houston, Texas
Acquired: 20 July 1963[1]
Commissioned: 1964
Homeport: Wilmington, North Carolina
Status: Active
General characteristics
Displacement: 759 tons
Length: 210 ft 6 in (64.16 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m) max
Propulsion: 2 x V16 2550 horsepower ALCO diesel engines
Speed: max 18 knots; 2,700 mile range
Range: cruise 14 knots; 6,100 mile range
Complement: 12 officers, 63 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 x AN/SPS-64
Armament: 1 x Mk 38 25mm machine gun
2 x M2HB .50 caliber machine gun
Aircraft carried: HH-65 Dolphin

USCGC Diligence (WMEC-616) is a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter.

Diligence moors up in downtown Wilmington and is the 6th US Coast Guard Cutter to bear that name and be homeported in Wilmington, North Carolina, one of only fourteen cities in the country with the designation of "A Coast Guard City".[2] Diligence is capable of performing any of the missions that white-hulled Coast Guard Cutters traditionally perform; ranging from alien migrant interdiction operations (AMIO) and drug interdiction missions down in the Caribbean, or fisheries protection of the Atlantic seaboard, or search and rescue anywhere in between.

The Diligence docked at her home port in Wilmington, NC, USA.

Seen in the 1966 movie "Around the World Under the Sea" with Lloyd Bridges.

On April 23, 1982, the Diligence was attacked by the navy of Conch Republic. The Schooner "Western Union", under command of Captain John Kraus, went forth into the harbor at Key West and attacked the cutter with water balloons, Conch fritters and stale Cuban bread. The Diligence fought back with fire hoses and thus commenced the "Great Battle of the Conch Republic". Vastly outgunned, the Republic's Prime Minister promptly surrendered and demanded foreign aid.[3]


External links[edit]

Stern of USCGC Diligence (WMEC-616), 1965.