One of Eight

The first two ships of the Ghost Fleet have arrived on the River Tees at the Able UK yard at Graythorp. The above photo is of the first to arrive, the USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98). The Caloosahatchee (named after a river in Florida) was launched 2 June 1945 by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard Inc.

Caloosahatchee (AO-98) underway in 1959.
US Navy photo

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A court order prevents Able UK from beginning dismantling work on the ships. The project has met with strong opposition from Hartlepool authorities, local residents and environmental groups. A judge will begin hearing legal challenges to the dismantling on 8th December, until then the Environment Agency has said it will be making regular checks on the vessels to make sure no dismantling takes place.
Caloosahatchee  A river in Florida.

(AO-98: dp. 7,295; 1. 553'; b. 75'; dr. 32'4"; s. 18 cpl. 304; a. 1 5", 4 3"; cl. Cimarron)

Caloosahatchee (AO-98) was launched 2 June 1945 by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard, Inc., Sparrows Point, MD., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. C. L. Andrews; acquired by the Navy 10 October 1945; commissioned the same day, Commander H. R. Livingston, USNR, in command; and reported to Commander,Service Force, Atlantic Fleet.

Caloosahatchee cruised off the east coast, transporting oil and fueling ships at sea, and made a voyage to Iceland from Norfolk during her first two years of operations. On 14 August 1947, she sailed for her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, a deployment that marked almost every year of her operations from that time into 1960. In this era when the U.S. Navy had perfected at-sea replenishment to greatly increase mobility, flexibility and efficiency, Caloosahatchee played a key role in increasing the enormous power for peace represented by the mighty 6th Fleet. Among other widespread operations, Caloosahatchee participated in NATO Operation "Mariner" off Greenock Scotland, from 16 September to 20 October 1953, and provided summer training for future naval officers in midshipman cruises to LeHavre, France, in 1964, and to Copenhagen Denmark, in 1966. In fall 1957 and again in summer 1958, the oiler sailed with forces calling at ports in England, Scotland, France, and Portugal.

Caloosahatchee constant readiness for emergency deployments or other challenges to her operational capability was developed and maintained through training operations along: the east coast, and participation in such large-scale Atlantic Fleet exercises as Operation "Springboard" held in the Caribbean, which operations continued through 1960.

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

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