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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Kilo - Lima
NLKL
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
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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"
    Speed
    Trial Speed 16 Kts.
    Max Sustained 13.4 Kts, 30,929-mi radius (1967)
    Economic 11.6 Kts, 32,485-mi radius (1967)
    Complement
    Navy
    Officers - 21
    Enlisted - 332
    Coast Guard 204
    Armament
    Navy
    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
    Propulsion
    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 24k USCGC Westwind (WAG-281) underway in Arctic ice in 1957. LT. Keith Midberry, USCG Ret.
    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
    Westwind 273k USCGC Westwind (WAG-281) underway in Arctic ice, date unknown. LT. Keith Midberry, USCG Ret.
    Westwind 76k USCGC Westwind (WAG-281) helicopter in the Arctic, date unknown. LT. Keith Midberry, USCG Ret.

    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 - June 1952(WAGB-281)
    04LCDR. Mullin, John C., USCGJune 1952 - September 1953(WAGB-281)
    05CAPT. Curry, Ralph R., USCG September 1953 - August 1954(WAGB-281)
    06CAPT. Stolfi, Henry F., USCGAugust 1954 - May 1956(WAGB-281)
    07CAPT. Smenton, Peter J., USCGMay 1956 - May 1957(WAGB-281)
    08CAPT. Conley Jr., William J., USCGMay 1957 - August 1959(WAGB-281)
    09CAPT. Sutter, William L., USCGAugust 1969 - July 1961(WAGB-281)
    10CAPT. West, Ralph M., USCGJuly 1961 - May 1963(WAGB-281)
    11CAPT. Barber, Robert F., USCGMay 1963 - July 1965(WAGB-281)
    12CAPT. Goettel, Frederick A., USCGJuly 1965 - 8 June 1967(WAGB-281)
    13CAPT. Thuma, Jack Stewart, USCG8 June 1967 - August 1970(WAGB-281)
    14CAPT. Kosky, Harry G., USCGAugust 1970 - June 1971(WAGB-281)
    15LCDR. Martin, George H., USCGJune 1971 - June 1974(WAGB-281)
    16CAPT. Morrill, Peter A., USCGJune 1974 - February 1976(WAGB-281)
    17CDR. Volkle, Thomas C., USCGFebruary 1976 - August 1977(WAGB-281)
    18CAPT. Super, Albert D., USCGAugust 1977 - June 1979(WAGB-281)
    19CAPT. Nelson, Robert T., USCG :VADMJune 1979 - July 1981(WAGB-281)
    20CAPT. Phelps, Robert E., USCGJuly 1981 - August 1983(WAGB-281)
    21CAPT. Honke, Francis James, USCGAugust 1983 - September 1984(WAGB-281)
    22CDR. Danforth, Robert A., USCGSeptember 1984 - July 1985(WAGB-281)
    23LCDR. Turek, William B., USCGJuly 1985 - April 1987(WAGB-281)
    24CAPT. Carey, David K., USCGApril 1987 - 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
    "A Very Cool Summer"
    "The Zephyr" January 2005, Newsletter of the Westwind Association
    USCG Westwind Decommissioning program", 29 February 1988
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Westwind, 1944 WAG/ WAGB-281 ex-Severni Pulius; ex-Westwind

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