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USS Passaic (AN-87)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Quebec - Golf

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS Passaic (AN-87) was transferred to the Dominican Republic and renamed Calderas (P-209)
Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Authorized as Yard Net Tender YN-113
  • Laid down, 25 April 1944, at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 29 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Passaic (AN-87), 6 March 1945, LT. James G, Heimer in command
  • During World War II USS Passaic was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 8 November 1962
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1962
  • Removed from the Reserve Fleet anchorage, 30 August 1976 for transfer to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility Bremerton WA. sale to the Dominican Republic
  • Transferred to the Dominican Republic in September 1976, renamed, Calderas (P-209)
  • Decommissioned by the Dominican Republic Navy in the 1990s
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 785 t.
    Length 168' 6"
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 10' 10"
    Speed 12.3 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 42
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 905 Bbls
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Passaic 124k USS Passaic (AN-87) photographed by her builder near Sturgeon Bay, WI., 16 February 1945. Her camouflage is a variant of measure 31 design 20L.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-78555, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archive, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Passaic (AN-87)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Heimer, James Gerald6 March 1945 - 4 November 1945
    02LT. Christian, Fletcher M., USNR4 November 1945 - 15 January 1947
    03ENS. Vasse, John Charles, USN15 January 1947 24 May 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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