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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Reliance Class 210 foot Medium Endurance Cutter
    Keel Laid 29 August 1962 - Launched 20 July 1963

    Commissioned 26 August 1964

    Redesignated (WMEC) 1966 - Decommissioned 1 August 1990
    Recommissioned 14 August 1992

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USCGC Diligence WMEC-616 Covers Page 1     (Date)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

No Postal Facilities - No Postmarks Reported

1st Commissioning 26 August 1964 to 1 August 1990


USPO Slogan
Machine cancel

Key West FL



WPC 616. Homeport - Key West Florida 1964-1983. GEMINI Recovery Force.

2nd Commissioning 14 August 1992 to present


USPS Type 9

"Myrtle Grove

Wilmington NC



WMEC 616. Welcome Home from Maintenance Availability. Cachet by the Cape Fear Stamp and Cover Club. Wilmington NC was designated "A Coast Guard City" on July 25 2003.


USPS Pictorial

Wilmington NC



WMEC 616. 225th Anniversary of the USCG. Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS.


USPS Type 9

Wilmington NC



WMEC 616. Changing homeports, going to Pensacola FL. Cachet by Richard F. Hoffner.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Diligence is one of the seven virtues.

There have been six cutters of the USRC/USCG named DILIGENCE - US Revenue Cutter Diligence (Schooner, 1792-98), US Revenue Cutter Diligence (II), US Revenue Cutter Diligence (III), US Revenue Cutter Diligence (IV 18**-1830), US Coast Guard Cutter Diligence WSC 135 (1919-1961) and USCG Cutter Diligence WMEC 616.



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