Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, USS Battleship North Carolina exchange teakwood

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Chief Petty Officer Brian Moore, navigation division chief of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, Cmdr. Harry Schmidt, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, and retired Navy Capt. Terry A. Bragg, executive director of the USS Battleship North Carolina Memorial, hold a teakwood framed print of the cutter during a teakwood-dedication ceremony July 28. The teakwood deck planks were donated to the cutter from the battleship.

Post and photo by Ensign Andrew Price.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, homeported in Wilmington, N.C., welcomed retired Navy Capt. Terry A. Bragg, executive director of the USS Battleship North Carolina Memorial, aboard for a teakwood-dedication ceremony July 28.

Last fall, during the deck renovations aboard the battleship, some of their historic teakwood deck planks were donated to the cutter. The crew of the Diligence had those teakwood deck planks refurbished into teakwood rails for use on the bridge of the cutter. Cmdr. Harry Schmidt, commanding officer of the cutter, and Chief Petty Officer Brian Moore, navigation division chief, presented Bragg with a print of the cutter that included a frame made from the old teakwood rails.

“It’s good to know the battleship’s legacy will sail again onboard the Diligence, strengthening the bond between both ships,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Clark, the project manager for the Diligence’s bridge rail restoration.

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