New Diligence commander takes over

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is under a new command today. A Change of Command Ceremony was held today at Cape Fear Community College in Downtown Wilmington.

Cpt. Jeff Randall is stepping down after two years at the helm. Taking over is Cmdr. Matt Carter. Today’s ceremony was a celebration of both men. Carter said he’s excited to get to work.

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“Number one to lead the crew as best I can,” Carter said. “I mean that’s my number one job. To take care of them, to accomplish the mission, and to ensure that they grow professionally and personally.”

Carter is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and has served in the Coast Guard for 16 years.