USS Caliente
AO-53

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USS Caliente (AO-53) Association

2014 - Commemorating the 71st Anniversary of the
USS Caliente Commissioning!



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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
  • Sponsored 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

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

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)