Wilmington Named a "Coast Guard City"
The very nature of the Coast Guard's mission creates a need for a good relationship with the local community. Many cities have made special efforts to acknowledge the professional work of the Coast Guard men and women assigned to their area. The Coast Guard is pleased to recognize cities that have extended so many considerations to the Coast Guard family and their dependents.
In November 1998 a law was enacted that allowed Grand Haven, Michigan to be called “Coast Guard City USA.” The law also includes a provision for future designations and re-certification. In 2003, Wilmington became the first Coast Guard City on the east coast. With that honor, Wilmington became the 4th Coast Guard City in the nation.
Ready for Today...Preparing for Tomorrow
Today's US Coast Guard proudly performs 11 official missions:
- Port & Waterway Security
- Drug Interdiction
- Aids to Navigation
- Search & Rescue
- Living Marine Resources
- Marine Safety
- Defense Readiness
- Migrant Interdiction
- Marine Environmental Protection
- Ice Operations
- Law Enforcement
USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616) "Semper Paratus"
The current Diligence was commissioned in 1964. It is a 210-foot diesel powered helicopter-capable Coast Guard Cutter with 76 crew members. In 1990, the ship was temporarily decommissioned for modernization. In 1992, a virtually brand new Diligence was placed back in commission and home ported in Wilmington, NC.
The Diligence has remained on guard patrolling the east coast of the United States, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico rescuing mariners in distress, protecting our environment, halting the immigration of illegal migrants, and helping staunch the flow of illegal drugs and contraband from entering the United States.