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USS Canisteo

 AO-99
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South Pole Cruise
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So. Pole Journey
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One of Eight
JUMBOIZED Tankers




Canisteo (AO-99) underway, circa 1955
US Navy photo



Descriptiom is below

   
Canisteo     

A river in New York State.

(AO 99 dp. 7,296; 1. 653' b. 45'; dr. 32'4"; B. 18 cpl. 304; a. 1 5", 1 3"; cl. Cimarron)

Canisteo (AO-99) was launched 6 July 1946 by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard, Inc., Sparrows Point, Md., under a Maritime Commission contract, sponsored by Mrs. J. N. Chambers; and commissioned 3 December 1945, Lieutenant Commander E. L. Denton, USNR, in command.

Canisteo cleared Norfolk 4 February 1946 for Melville, R.I., where she loaded diesel oil for naval units taking part in the occupation of Germany. Returning from Bremerhaven and Farge, Germany, she carried out training operations in the Caribbean, and then sailed to Iceland and Greenland, returning to New York City 27 May.

The tanker sailed south from Norfolk 27 November 1946 as a unit of Operation "HighJump," the largest Antarctic expedition to that time. Steaming through the Panama Canal to the Antarctic, Canisteo reached Scott and Peter Islands, and through her logistic support, played a critical role in this historic exploratory and scientific project, carrying on the Navy's traditional role in expanding man's frontiers. Canisteo returned to Norfolk 23 April 1947 after calling at Rio de Janeiro and Caribbean ports.

Between 4 June 1947 and 23 October 1948, Canisteo served four tours of duty supporting the Fifth Fleet by carrying oil from Bahrein to the Mediterranean. The winter and spring of 1948-1949 found Canisteo operating on fueling duty from Norfolk to Caribbean ports; Argentia, Newfoundland, and Grondal, Greenland. A pattern of alternating exercises in the Caribbean with overhauls and tours of duty in the Mediterranean in the following years was highlighted by her fueling in support of many fleet exercises. She played a part in augmenting the growing strength of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization through Operation "Mainbrace" (26 August-11 October 1952) and in combined operations with Canadian forces ( 16-20 September 1956). Active with the Fleet. Canisteo continued to operate out of Norfolk through 1960, participating in fleet and NATO exercises.


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Antarctic Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic) - Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)



Task Force 68.3 on Operation "HIGHJUMP"
27 NOV 46.................Departed Norfolk, VA.
5 DEC 46...................Arrived Cristobal, Canal Zone.
10 DEC 46.................Departed Balboa, C.Z.
12 DEC 46.................Crossed the Equator.
17 DEC 46.................Proceeded toward Scott Island with the Central Group of ships.
30 DEC 46.................Departed Scott Island to rendezvous with the Eastern Group of ships at Peter I Island.
1-2 FEB 47................Lying to in the Bellingshausen Sea.
7 FEB 47...................Rendezvoused with USS Brownson at Longitude 70°S, Latitude 65° 30'W
.....................................................................and received mail brought down by the USS Philippine Sea.
15 FEB 47..................Heading north through Bransfield Strait en route to the Weddell Sea
.................................................................... with USS Pine Island and USS Brownson.
16-17 FEB 47.............
Rounded Cape Horn
3 MAR 47..................Ceased attempt to penetrate the Weddell Sea and headed north.
18 MAR 47.................Arrived at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
24 MAR 47.................Departed Rio de Janeiro for the United States.
25 MAR 47.................Set an independent course for Ascension Island,
......................................................................after refueling the USS Pine Island and USS Brownson.


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