USS CALOOSAHATCHEE originally was a CIMARRON - class oiler. She received a "jumboization" conversion in the mid-1960s. Commissioned in 1945, the CALOOSAHATCHEE was the first ship in the Navy named after the river in Florida. Decommissioned on February 28, 1990, the oiler spent the following years laid-up on the James River, Va. Later, the CALOOSAHATCHEE was sold for scrapping and left the James River on October 16, 2003, under tow to Teeside, UK., to be broken up at the Able UK Facility there.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: May 2, 1944|
|Keel laid: November 30, 1944|
|Launched: June 2, 1945|
|Commissioned: October 10, 1945|
|Decommissioned: February 28, 1990|
|Stricken: July 18, 1994|
|Builder: Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrow Point, MD.|
|Propulsion system: four boilers|
|Length: 643 feet (196.9 meters)|
|Beam: 75.1 feet (22.9 meters)|
|Draft: 31.5 feet (10.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 34,750 tons|
|Speed: 18 knots|
|Capacity: approx. 22,700 tons of fuel, 175 tons of ammunition and 100 tons dry cargo|
|Armament: two Mk-26 7.6mm L/50 guns|
|Crew: approx. 13 officers and 287 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CALOOSAHATCHEE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS CALOOSAHATCHEE:
|December 16, 1975||west of Italy|
USS INCHON (LPH 12) and USS CALOOSAHATCHEE are in a minor collision during refueling in rough seas west of Italy.
|July 12, 1977||north of US Virgin Islands|
After an underway replenishment with the CALOOSAHATCHEE, the USS RICH (DD 820) loses steering control hitting CALOOSAHATCHEE's starboard bow and scratching the destroyer's port side. USS RICH is escorted to Mayport, Fla.
|December 3, 1980||250 miles east of Charleston, SC||USS AMERICA (CV 66) and the CALOOSAHATCHEE collide during an underway replenishment when the oiler loses rudder control. Despite an emergency breakaway, AMERICA suffers minor damage to a catwalk, a storage compartment and a flight deck safety net rail. But there are no injuries and both ships continue operations.|
|November 4, 1985||Elizabeth River, Va.|
USS CALOOSAHATCHEE runs aground on the Elizabeth River near Norfolk, Va. It takes two days to free the ship.
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