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USCGC Westwind (WAGB-281)
USS Westwind (AGB-6) (1952)
USCGC Westwind (WAG-281) (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Kilo - Lima
Burton Island Class Icebreaker:
  • Laid down, 24 August 1942, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 31 March 1942
  • Commissioned USCGC Westwind (WAG-281), 18 September 1944, CAPT. Stephen Swicegood, USCG, in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 February 1945, and transferred to the USSR, renamed Severni Pulius
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 19 December 1951, at Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Commissioned USS Westwind (AGB-6), 1 February 1952, at Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Decommissioned, 13 March 1952, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Transferred to the United States Coast Guard, 19 March 1953
  • Struck from the Navy list, 8 September 1952
  • Commissioned USCGC Westwind (WAGB-281), 22 September 1952, CDR. Errol H. Seegers, USCG, in command
  • Decommissioned, 29 February 1988
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    As Built - 3,575 t.(lt) 6,515 t.(fl), 5,425 t.(lim)
    Coast Guard 1967 - 3,052 t.(lt) 6,481 t.(fl)
    Length 269'
    Beam 63' 6"
    Draft 25' 9"
    Trial Speed 16 Kts.
    Max Sustained 13.4 Kts, 30,929-mi radius (1967)
    Economic 11.6 Kts, 32,485-mi radius (1967)
    Officers - 21
    Enlisted - 332
    Coast Guard 204
    two twin 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    three quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Coast Guard none
    Aircraft two helicopters
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel - 10,185 Bbls
    Gasoline - 7,200 Gals
    six Fairbanks Morse 10-cylinder diesels driving six Westinghouse DC generators
    two 200Kw 240V D.C. diesel-drive Ship's Service Generators
    three propellers, two aft, 13,000shp, one forward

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    USS Westwind (AGB-6)
    Westwind 45k USS Westwind (AGB-6) underway with heavy wartime gun armament and a Grumman J2F utility amphibian biplane on her deck amidships.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Westwind (WAG-281)
    Westwind 36k USCGC Westwind (WAG-281) approaching USCG LORAN Station Cape Atholl, Greenland in 1964.
    USCG photo
    Robert Hurst
    Westwind 100k USCGC Westwind (WAG-281) underway in 1964, striking an 18' thick ice floe. Official United States Coast Guard photo. Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Swicegood, Stephen P., USCG18 September 1944 - 21 February 1945(WAG-281) - To USSR
    02CDR. Manning, William James, USN (39)1 February 1952 - 13 March 1952(AGB-6)
    03CDR. Seegers, Errol H., USCG22 September 1952 - 1952(WAGB-281)
    04CDR. Mullin, John C., USCG1952 - 1953(WAGB-281)
    05CAPT. Curry, Ralph R., USCG 1953 - ?(WAGB-281)
    06CAPT. Goettel, Frederick A., USCG? - 8 June 1967(WAGB-281)
    07CAPT. Thuma, Jack Stewart, USCG8 June 1967 - ?(WAGB-281)
    08CAPT. Kosky, Harry, USCG1968 - ?(WAGB-281)
    09CDR. Martin, George F., USCGno dates(WAGB-281)
    10CDR. Volkle, Thomas C., USCG1975 - 1977(WAGB-281)
    11CAPT. Super, Albert D., USCG1977(WAGB-281)
    12CAPT. Nelson, Robert T., USCG :VADM1979(WAGB-281)
    13CAPT. Honke, Francis James, USCG1984 - ?(WAGB-281)
    14CAPT. Carey, David K., USCG1987 - 29 February 1988(WAGB-281)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    USS Westwind (AGB-6)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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 - Westwind, 1944 WAG/ WAGB-281 ex-Severni Pulius; ex-Westwind
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