WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Hundreds of people lined up along the Cape Fear River Monday afternoon to greet the sailors aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. After a number of fire and flood drills and a thorough inspection of the vessel diligence and her crew were declared "ready for sea" and allowed to return to Wilmington.
"It was really hard being away from here and not having our stuff to work on our ship," Chief Brian Moore. "We had to beg and borrow when we were up in Baltimore."
Like many of the families, nine months is the longest Moore's wife Brenda and their two children have been separated from their sailor. And they were happy to welcome him home.
"It's hard, it's stressful, but I know that he's doing a much harder job than what we're doing at home," Brenda said. "So we try to keep the homefront nice and calm so he's nice and calm here at work."
"I'm kind of like a daddy's girl so, I'm always excited about him being home," Moore's daughter Maddie said. Her brother Christian said seeing their dad was "like I just woke up on a really sunny, bright day."
For Moore and the rest of the sailors aboard the Diligence, it's an embrace they've been waiting a long time for, but now they say they're ready to get back to life as usual.