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USS Reclaimer (ARS 42)

- decommissioned -

USS RECLAIMER was the fifth BOLSTER - class rescue and salvage ship and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. The ship participated in the Korea and Vietnam Wars receiving six battle stars for her Korean service and one battle star for Vietnam service. After almost 49 years of service, the RECLAIMER was both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on September 16, 1994. Since then, the ship is laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Calif., awaiting final disposal.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 7, 1943
Keel laid: November 10, 1944
Launched: June 23, 1945
Commissioned: December 20, 1945
Decommissioned: September 16, 1994
Builder: Basalt Rock Co., Napa, Calif.
Propulsion system: Diesel electric
Propellers: two
Length: 213.6 feet (65.1 meters)
Beam: 43 feet (13.1 meters)
Draft: 13.1 feet (4 meters)
Displacement: approx. 1,900 tons
Speed: 16 knots
Armament: two Mk-68 20mm guns
Crew: 6 officers and 77 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS RECLAIMER. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS RECLAIMER:

DateWhereEvents
June 20, 1982SingaporeA target hulk being towed by the USS RECLAIMER scrapes a Chinese tanker while the vessels are leaving Singapore. There are no injuries and damage is minor.


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USS RECLAIMER Patch Gallery:

WestPac 1980 - Engineering Dept.


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The photo below was taken by me and shows a stern view of the RECLAIMER laid up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010, awaiting final disposal.



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