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|
|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|
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.
Accidents aboard USS FLORIKAN:
|October 30, 1972|
USS FLORIKAN suffers a fire in a forward hold, killing one and injuring another.
USS FLORIKAN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the FLORIKAN laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.