Picture of the medium endurance cutter Diligence VI landing an HH-52 helicopter in the late-20th century. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The Long Blue Line: Diligence – historic cutter, OPC namesake

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, also known as “Dillie Devils,” “Dili-O” and “The Dog,” has served this nation since its commissioning in 1964. This is the sixth vessel in service history to bear the unique distinction of “Diligence” and not the last. The Coast Guard will soon build the “Heritage”-Class of 360-foot Offshore Patrol Cutters with Diligence as the 10th in the first flight of OPCs.

Preparing for the mission

The Coast Guard’s ability to complete missions across the globe is contingent upon capable platforms and, most importantly, Coast Guard members with the proper skills, knowledge, and experience. Prior to deployments, Coast Guard cutters and aircraft crews hone their proficiency through rigorous training programs and practice. Providing the most realistic and high fidelity training environment to practice shipboard helicopter operations, Coast Guard Cutter Venturous led a Deck Qualification Landing (DLQ) exercise, also known as a DLQ Roundup, off the coast of Miami.


Ringing in the New Year with rhyme: Afloat

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ship’s log as we all rung in 2013.

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Wednesday

It’s day three of the Coast Guard’s week in the life campaign and there is no shortage of action. From joint operations with U.S. Border Patrol and the Navy to Coast Guardsmen training on the Great Lakes, check out this day-to-day snapshot for a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does. Stay with us throughout the week as we continue to share a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard.

On guard for America: Coast Guard Cutter Diligence

Written by Cmdr. D. Goodwin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. If you live on our nation’s coasts, it is likely you have seen a Coast Guard helicopter soaring overhead on a training flight. Or maybe you’ve even seen […]

Double drug bust for Diligence

The Coast Guard has been America’s first line of defense against threats delivered by and from the high seas for decades. While on patrol last month in the Caribbean the men and women aboard Coast Guard Cutter Diligence proved to […]

Coast Guard lends a hand for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a show known for bringing tears of joy to families who witness a dramatic reconstruction of their homes. During a recent production a few Coast Guardsmen were […]

Exercise Tradewinds 2011

Coast Guard joins international partners in Tradewinds 2011

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener More than 135 U.S. Coast Guard personnel are on the ground and on the water in Antigua and Barbuda this week working with more than 20 partner nations in support of Exercise […]

Crewmember of the Pulchras III

Diligence rescues six off Nicaragua coast

Sometimes, a successful search and rescue case is about being in the right place at the right time. This was the case Saturday morning when Coast Guard Cutter Diligence rescued six people about 170 miles east of Nicaragua. While on […]