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USS Florikan (ASR 9)

- decommissioned -

USS FLORIKAN was the third CHANTICLEER - class Submarine Rescue Ship and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned on August 2, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on September 3, 1991, the FLORIKAN spent the following almost 19 years laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benicia, Calif., awaiting final disposal. Sold to Marine Metal Inc., Brownsville, Tx., the FLORIKAN was towed from Suisun Bay for scrapping on July 26, 2010. Scrapping was completed on December 29, 2010.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 30, 1940
Keel laid: September 30, 1941
Launched: January 14, 1942
Commissioned: April 5, 1943
Decommissioned: August 2, 1991
Builder: Moore Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Oakland, Calif.
Propulsion system: Diesel electric, one shaft, 3,000 SHP
Propellers: one
Length: 251.6 feet (76.7 meters)
Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters)
Draft: 14.8 feet (4.5 meters)
Displacement: approx. 2,200 tons
Speed: 15 knots
Armament: two Mk-68 20mm guns
Crew: approx. 100

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS FLORIKAN:

October 30, 1972 
USS FLORIKAN suffers a fire in a forward hold, killing one and injuring another.

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The photos below were taken by me and show the FLORIKAN laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.

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