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USS Caliente Facts:

 

  • Laid down as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 719), at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 25 August 1943
  • Sporsored by Helen Essary
  • Commissioned USS Caliente (AO-53), 12 October 1943
  • Decommissioned, 15 December 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 December 1973
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) sale, 5 April 1974, fate unknown
  • Caliente received 10 battle stars for World War II service, 4 for Korean War service and 8 for Vietnam War service

  • International Call Sign: NZFU



     

    Commanding Officers:

    CDR Elmore G. Genthner - 10-43 - 11-43
    LCDR A. L. Cruser - 11-43 - 12-43
    LCDR A. E. Stiff - 12-43 - 12-43
    CDR H. I. Schroeder - 12-43-06-44
    LCDR A. E. Stiff - 06-44 - 12-44
    LCDR F. N. Lang - 12-44 - 06-45
    CDR G. L. Eastman - 06-45 - 05-46
    CAPT E. L. Lugibihl - 05-46 - 10-47
    CAPT D. F. Crick - 10-47 - 10-48
    CAPT J. W. Schmidt - 10-48 - 10-49
    CAPT W. A. Cockwell - 10-49 - 09-50
    CAPT F. W. McCann - 09-50 - 12-51
    CDR R. A. Dawes Jr. - 12-51 - 04-53
    CAPT H. M. Maples - 04-53 - 12-54
    CAPT R. G. Copeland - 12-54 - 01-56
    CAPT S. C. Loomis Jr. - 01-56 - 02-57
    CAPT R. H. Wanless - 02-57 - 03-58
    CAPT O. W. Goepner - 03-58 - 06-59
    CAPT C. B. Carroll - 06-59 - 06-60
    CAPT T. D. Davies - 06-60 - 07-61
    CAPT J. D. Worley - 07-61 - 09-62
    CAPT P. M. Paul - 09-62 - 09-63
    CAPT A. G. Plemons - 09-63 - 07-64
    CAPT M. R. Etheridge - 07-64 - 07-65
    CAPT J. W. Beadles - 07-65 - 12-66
    CAPT R. W. Jackson - 12-66 - 04-68
    CAPT H. E. Phelps - 04-68 - 09-69
    CAPT O. H. Oberg - 09-69 - 01-71
    CAPT G. D. Howard - 01-71 - 01-72
    CDR D. A. McGuiness - 01-72 - 11-73
    LCDR J. M. Haffey - 11-73 - 12-73

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    Decommissioned 15 December 1973, Berth 63 Pier 6,

    U.S. Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, CA

    (Department of the Navy)

    Naval Historical Center

    Washington Navy Yard

    Washington, DC

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    The USS Caliente was sold to National Metal & Steel Corp. 691 New Dock St. Terminal Island, CA 90731 on April 5, 1974 for $426,819.19.

    (Fleet Disposal Branch, Division of Reserve Fleet Maritime Administration, April 8, 1974)

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