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Repairs done, Diligence heads back out on patrol

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- This morning, the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence left its home along the downtown riverfront to set out on patrol.

The nearly 50-year-old vessel recently went through months of repairs. Crew members say after her tune-up, she's ready for smooth sailing on the open sea.

When the ship returns, so will a tradition that stopped during repairs.

"We'll be back in about two months, so this summer we'll be back, and we will be open for tours daily and on the weekends," crew member Greg Bredariol said.

No word on the ship's specific patrol mission, but crew members say the turn-around for this deployment was a quick one.

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Coast Guard Cutter

Many people may not realize it but the presence of the Coast Guard Cutter stationed at Wilmington gives our city special standing among Coastal US Cities. Many US coastal cities would love to have a Coast Guard Cutter stationed at thier ports as it brings not only the families to our city to live but it brings their extended families and visitors that want the opportunity to see ships like this up close and so they make it into a vacation by spending days or weeks in The Greater Wilmington Area shopping and enjoying our beaches. Once these visitors become aware of the fact that Wilmington is a family city vs a tourist attraction specifically designed to take every penny you have earned, they often choose Wilmington over much larger cities for return vacations. After all of that, some decide to move to Wilmington to live and raise families. Nothing can be better for a growing city than a family moving in, with the possible exception maybe of hunndreds of families moving in every year. Thank you Coast Guard Cutter Diligence for your contribution to the growth of our community and a special thank you to her crew for your service to our country.

Overcrowded

Using your logic, We can blame the, overcrowded, Wilmington, streets on the Coast Guard Cutter? I would prefer to see them "out to sea", making those drug seizures that they are so good at.

Wilmington Observer