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USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98)

- decommissioned -

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
Propellers: two
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
Aircraft: none
Armament: two Mk-26 7.6mm L/50 guns
Crew: approx. 13 officers and 287 enlisted

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Crew List:

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.

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Accidents aboard USS CALOOSAHATCHEE:

December 16, 1975west of Italy
USS INCHON (LPH 12) and USS CALOOSAHATCHEE are in a minor collision during refueling in rough seas west of Italy.
July 12, 1977north 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, 1980250 miles east of Charleston, SCUSS 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, 1985Elizabeth 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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