Coast Guard Cutter Commander Relieved Of Duties

The commanding officer of a Coast Guard cutter here in North Carolina has been temporarily relieved of his command after his ship ran aground.

The Coast Guard says Commander Harry Schmidt was the commanding officer for the Wilmington-based cutter Diligence. The 210-foot cutter is currently on patrol in the Caribbean.

The Coast Guard says it has lost confidence in Schmidt's ability to command after the cutter was grounded last month.

Commander Teri Jordon has assumed temporary command of the Diligence while Schmidt has been temporarily assigned to Coast Guard District 7, which is in Miami, pending final results of an investigation.

Schmidt is a Chicago native and a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

As for the grounding itself, the Coast Guard told WITN that damage to the cutter was minimal and it was able to continue on its patrol. But they would not release exactly when or where the grounding took place.


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  • by Mac Location: Mt Pleasant,SC on Jun 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    Spent a year on a 210' Can get confusing on the bridge and depths are not always as published. Unfortunately for this guy folks are quick to jump and releive if things go bad or look bad anymore. I was Boarding Off. on a LEDET on a NAVY ship that ran aground inbound to GITMO. That CO was off before we hit the dock.That is the way things work now.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    hear this very few and far between
  • by Tim Location: Houma, LA on Jun 9, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    Strange how times change, I remember when I was on the KLAMATH and we ran aground in Honolula harbor and holed a buker C tank we just went to Pearl Harbor got repaired and continued on our way to pull another OSN then on the San Diego for underway training. No change of command.
  • by Point Banks Location: New York on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    Recall a day in the past when a certain Skipper due to make Admiral grounded and reported it to Wash. Message advised "depth of the water would not accomodate the draft of my vessel.... true story
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 8, 2011 at 04:24 PM
    He should have called OBLAMA and borrowed a tele-prompter he could have spared one as he took 22 to London with him and 200 secret service agents and 300 others including chef's,cooks ETC OH! and you paid for it.
  • by Retired Navy Location: Deep Blue on Jun 8, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    With all the technology available to mariners today, this sort of thing doesn't really happen all that much any more, at least it shouldn't. It'll be interesting to read what events lead to the grounding. It's rarely just one thing that goes wrong, but usually a series of events that lead to something like this. For those who've never been on the bridge of a cutter, there's a full bridge team up there while the ship is underway, not just one or two people. I'll hold my judgement of the CO until after the final report is released.
  • by Greenville 911 on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Guess its the end of his career.
  • by fred Location: martin co on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    Where was he when this happened,was he on the bridge,,the head, or in his cabin,,lots of questions
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    look people stuff happens. it is normal to relive the commander after an accident.
  • by REALLY?? Location: ENC on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Maybe the facts should come out before they ruin a man's career. It was probably some schmuck at the helm that fell asleep on his watch.
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