Coast Guard Cutter Diligence to offer tours during North Carolina Azalea Festival

The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is shown moored in downtown Wilmington, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Marin.

The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is shown moored in downtown Wilmington, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Marin.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is slated to offer tours and march during the 71st Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival from April 13 through April 15, 2018.

Cutter Diligence is located at 109 N. Water St. and will be open to the public for tours during the following times:

  • Friday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14 from noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The interactive tours will feature exhibits highlighting maritime navigation, shipboard engineering, deck seamanship, law enforcement, life at sea, and shipboard damage control response.

The Diligence crew will also be marching in the Azalea Festival Parade in downtown Wilmington, Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m.

Tour attendees are cautioned on the following:

  • Weapons are prohibited.
  • Pets are not permitted onboard Diligence. Service dogs are unable to ascend/descend cutter ladders due to ship design.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Tour guests will ascend and descend steep ladder wells. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with a Diligence crew member to determine tour feasibility.
  • Close-toed and/or non-slip shoes are highly recommended.

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington with a crew of approximately 80. Diligence’s primary missions consist of counter drug and migrant interdiction, enforcing federal fishery laws, and search and rescue operations.

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