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|
|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|
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.
Accidents aboard USS RECLAIMER:
|June 20, 1982||Singapore||A 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.|
USS RECLAIMER Patch Gallery:
USS RECLAIMER Image Gallery:
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.