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The Long Blue Line: RM3 Floyd Wilvers—Coast Guard destroyer escort veteran

A collection of Coast Guard memorabilia that is displayed on a shelf in Mr. Wilvers’ home. (MST2 Jeffrey McConnell, USCG)

For most 17-year-olds, the years of graduating high school, attending college or trade school, and beginning the first steps into adulthood are a time of unbridled optimism and possibility. For Wilmington, North Carolina native Floyd Wilvers, now 92, turning age 17 meant a voyage into the unknown laced with fear, but also a sense of patriotism and duty.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard—the “North Carolina Navy”

Photo of the new Fast Response Cutter Richard Etheridge, named for the famed North Carolina Lifesaving Station keeper. (Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard’s history is closely tied to the State of North Carolina. This connection dates back to 1790 and the men and women who have served at the many stations and bases along the coast and eastern side of North Carolina.

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

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

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.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Wednesday

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton

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

Coast Guard Cutters Vigilant and Diligence conduct an at sea relief in the Windward Passage during a homeland security patrol. The Winward Passage connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Cmdr. D. Goodwin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. If you live on our nation’s coasts, it

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Double drug bust for Diligence

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Diligence transfer bales of cocaine onto the cutter in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo. 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

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Coast Guard lends a hand for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Cutter Diligence and Station Oak Island attend the unveiling event for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which capped a week of 24-hour days with more than three thousand military and civilian volunteers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

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Coast Guard joins international partners in Tradewinds 2011

Exercise Tradewinds 2011

Ens. Nick Jokela, a crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, gives training to coast guardsmen from Barbados on the use of maneuvering boards. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener More than 135 U.S. Coast Guard personnel are on the ground and on

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