USCGC Diligence (WMEC-616)

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USCGC Diligence WMEC-616.jpg
USCGC Diligence in 2002
 United States
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
Aircraft carried: HH-65 Dolphin

USCGC Diligence (WMEC-616) is a Reliance-class United States Coast Guard 210-foot medium endurance cutter,[2] and is the second of 16 built from 1962 to 1968. Fourteen of this class cutter are still in active U.S. service, and two have been transferred to foreign navies.

All Reliance-class cutters were built with dual shafts and controllable pitch propellers, and were capable of speeds up to 18 knots.[2]


Diligence moors up in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, and is the 6th US Coast Guard Cutter to bear that name and be homeported in Wilmington, which is one of only twenty-one cities in the country with the designation of "A Coast Guard City".[3] 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, to fisheries protection of the Atlantic seaboard, to search and rescue (SAR) anywhere in between. The SAR capabilities are enhanced by utilizing helicopters to extend the reach of the cutters well beyond the horizon.

On Jan. 24, 2019, the Coast Guard announced that the Diligence will be homeported in Pensacola, Florida beginning on or about Sept. 30, 2020.[4]

The Diligence docked at her home port in Wilmington, North Carolina

The cutter Diligence was seen in the 1966 science fiction movie Around the World Under the Sea starring Lloyd Bridges.


  1. ^ Todd Shipyards Archived 25 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "WPC's & WMEC's: 1945-2000". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
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