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USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278)
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USS Staten Island (AGB-5) (1952 - 1966)
USS Northwind (AGB-5) (1952)
USCGC Staten Island (WAG-278) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Xray - November
NSXN
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal


Burton Island Class Icebreaker:
  • Laid down, 9 June 1942, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 28 December 1942
  • Commissioned USCGC Staten Island (WAG-278), 26 February 1944, and immediately delivered to the USSR under the Lend-Lease program, renamed Severny Veter (Northwind)
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 19 December 1951, at Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Commissioned USS Northwind (AGB-5), 31 January 1952, CDR. John B. Davenport, in command
  • Renamed USS Staten Island (AGB-5), 25 February 1952
  • Decommissioned, 1 February 1966
  • Turned over to the US Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278), 1 February 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1966
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 15 November 1974
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, date unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,481 t.(fl) 3,052 t.(lt)
    Length 269'
    Beam 63' 10"(max)
    Draft 25' 9"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 353
    Armament one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount forward
    Propulsion two electric motors driven by six Westinghouse DC generators, driven by six Fairbanks-Morse, 10-cyl 2-cycle diesel engines, twin shafts, 10,000shp

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    USCGC Northwind (WAG-278)
    Staten Island 359k Northwind (WAG-278) launching, 28 December 1942, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, CA.
    US Coast Guard photo by "Dick" Whittington Photography, Los Angeles, CA.
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 345k Northwind (WAG-278) off Western Pipe & Steel Co., Shipyard, San Pedro Harbor, 10 February 1944.
    US Coast Guard Photo by "Dick" Whittington Photography, Los Angeles, CA. Photo # 42-69-92.
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 105k Northwind (WAG-278) underway prior to her transfer to Soviet Russia. She had already received much of her armament and electronics for Coast Guard service when the decision was made to give her to the USSR under lend-lease. Note the reduced armament of four single 3"/50 cal dual gun mounts, eight single 40mm AA gun mount, six single 20mm AA gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and no radar.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L Scheina.
    Robert Hurst
    Severny Veter
    Severny Veter 53k Ex-USCG Staten Island (WAG-278) in Soviet service as Severny Veter, date and location unknown. Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    Severny Veter 92k Severny Veter underway, date and location unknown. Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    Staten Island 286k USS Staten Island (AGB-5) approaching the icebreaker USCGC Northwind (WAG-282) at Icy Cape, Alaska, 30 July 1955.
    US Coast Guard photo #07-30-55 (06).
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 1178k USS Staten Island (AGB-5) underway in pack ice. date and location unknown. Note the large ice field in the far distance and the ship in the background following Staten Island.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    Staten Island 50k USS Staten Island (AGB-5) underway east of Cross Island, Alaska during "Operation: Dewline," 19 August 1955.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-685913, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    Staten Island 39k USS Staten Island (AGB-5) underway, date and place unknown Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Staten Island 133k USS Staten Island (AGB-5) anchored (dead man anchor) in the Antarctic ice pack, 1961. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Staten Island 86k USS Staten Island (AGB-5) in the Antarctic ice pack, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Staten Island 131k USS Staten Island (AGB-5) plaque. Tommy Trampp
    USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278)
    Staten Island 16k USCGCStaten Island (WAGB-278) in the Arctic ice pack, date unknown. Ken Laesser
    Staten Island 60k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) at anchor, date and place unknown.
    USCG photo
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    Staten Island 108k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) underway with a helicopter about to land on her flight deck, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 68k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) underway breaking ice, date and place unknown.
    USCG photo
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    Staten Island 84k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) breaks the eight foot pack ice in the Ross Sea near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, 28 December 1966, during Operation Deep Freeze.
    USCG Photo # 278-01086701 by Ken Lane.
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 1337k USCG Staten Island (WAGB-278) moored pierside at a US Navy facility, 31 July 1967, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo # 07-30-55 (06).
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 462k USCG Staten Island (WAGB-278) underway in the ice, 14 August 1967.
    US Coast Guard photo # 278-081467-24.
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 88k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) re-supplying Hallett Station, Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze 1966-67.
    Marine Photos and Publishing Co. photo
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    Staten Island 202k USCG Staten Island (WAGB-278) in the pack ice, 14 August 1967. Note crewmen on the ice working.
    US Guard photo # 278-081467-63
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 462k USCG Staten Island (WAGB-278) ice rescue team retrieving mail drop in the Bering Sea, 1 March 1969.
    US Guard photo # 2780021169-23A
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 67k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) underway breaking ice, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    Staten Island 907k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) and the Canadian icebreaker CCGS John A. Macdonald escorting the tanker SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage, sometime between September through December 1969.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 46k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) underway, 29 December 1970, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo by PH 3 D. H. Walker, USCG
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    Staten Island 803k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst
    Maumee 1387k Ships anchored in Winter Quarters Bay, Antarctica, 13 February 1971. From (L-R);
    inboard USNS Maumee (T-AO-149),
    outboard USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278),
    inboard USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92),
    outboard USCGC Burton Island(WAGB-283),
    and across the bay, the New Zealand supply ship HMNZS Endeavour (A-184).
    US Navy photo [negative] No. XAM-120263-2-71 by PH2 Sterling.
    Robert Hurst
    Staten Island 95k USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) underway departing San Diego Bay, circa 1972-74.
    Marine Photos and Publishing Co. photo
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.

    USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Davenport, John BoyntonUSN31 January 1952 - April 1952USS Northwind (AGB-5)
    02LCDR. Andronok, Edmund Leo (acting)USNApril 1952 - May 1952USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    05CAPT. Smith, Frank McElhanyUSNMay 1952 - July 1954USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    04CDR. Elliott Jr., James Brona (NG)USNJuly 1954 - ?USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    05CDR. Lewis Jr., PriceUSN1958 - October 1959USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    06CDR. Larson, Wesley LeonardUSNOctober 1959 - ?USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    07CDR. Bonewits, Donald GilbertUSNJune 1965 - 1 February 1966USS Staten Island (AGB-5)
    08CDR. Beckwith, Stuart S.USCG1 February 1966 - 1966USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-5)
    09CAPT. Norris, Robert T.USCG1966 - 1968USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-5)
    10CAPT. Walsh, Eugene F.USCG1968 - 1971USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-5)
    11CAPT. Putzke, Stanley G.USCG1971 - 1974USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-5)
    12CAPT. Moss, Robert A.USCG1974 - 1974USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-5)
    13CAPT. Guthrie, John C.USCG1974 - 15 November 1974USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-5)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Staten Island, 1965 WAG-278 / WAGB-278
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