Coast Guard reinstates commanding officer of Cutter Diligence

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, reinstated Cmdr. Harry Schmidt as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence Friday. Schmidt was temporarily relieved of his command of the Diligence June 8, following a grounding of the cutter in May near Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic. Based upon a review of all of the facts surrounding the...

Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence temporarily relieved for cause

Portsmouth, Va. –Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area here, has temporarily relieved the commanding officer of the Wilmington, N.C., based Coast Guard Cutter Diligence citing a loss in confidence in the officer’s ability to command. Cmdr. Harry Schmidt, the commanding officer of the 210-foot cutter Diligence, currently on patrol in the Caribbean, has been...