USCG Cutter Diligence Gets New Commander

Cmdr. Matt Carter took command of the US Coast Guard Cutter Diligence during a change of command ceremony Thursday in Wilmington.

Carter relieved Capt. Jeffrey Randall as the commanding officer of the Cutter.

Carter reports from the Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas, in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as the unit’s executive officer.

Following the ceremony, Randall reports to his next assignment as Chief division officer of the Operational Forces Branch of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He will oversee operational units reporting to the Atlantic Area command, including cutters, air stations, and deployable specialized forces, which includes the Maritime Security Response Team and several Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams.

Over the past two years, Diligence earned two awards, namely, the Overall Operational Readiness Award and the Coast Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon with the Operational Distinguishing Device.

Commissioned in 1964, Diligence is a 210-foot, diesel powered, helicopter-capable Coast Guard Cutter with 76 crewmembers.

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