The US Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington on March 2, following a 46-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
During the patrol, the crew aboard the Diligence was diverted to conduct a search and rescue mission of four Italian sailors aboard the 30-foot sailing vessel Algeria, which became disabled off the Coast of Panama.
The four sailors had been underway on the Algeria for more than a month navigating from Italy to Costa Rica when the vessel became disabled. The crew aboard the Diligence traveled more than 175 miles to the Algeria’s location and then towed the sailing vessel to safety in Chiriqui Grande, Panama.
During the patrol, the crew aboard the Diligence conducted search and rescue operations off the coast of Panama, drug interdiction operations in the vicinity of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, and alien migrant interdiction operations in the Straits of Florida.
Diligence patrolled in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South’s Operation Martillo in the Western Caribbean Sea from Honduras to Columbia.
Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington with a crew of approximately 75.