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USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Juliet - Uniform
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Imperial (L)ima - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

SecNav Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic, 1-Grenada)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler / Jumboized:
  • Laid down, 30 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 2560), at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 2 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98), 10 October 1945, CDR. H. R. Livingston, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1990
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1994
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 18 December 1998, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Able UK, Hartlepool, Teeside, England, and removed from the Reserve Fleet, October 2003 under tow to the United Kingdom
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18 kts.
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 362
    Largest Boom Capacity 10t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    NSFO 123,700 Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 15,000 Bbls
    two Bethlehem geared turbines
    four Foster and Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 230V A.C.
    twin propellers, 13,500shp
    Jumboized Specifications:
    Displacement 10,847 t.(lt) 34,750 t.(fl)
    Length 644"
    Draft 34' 9"
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    Caloosahatchee 1137k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98), USS Leyte (CV-32), and USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823) conducting an underway replenishment during "Operation Frigid," 20 November 1948.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Caloosahatchee 375k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) on her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in the late 1940's, refueling a Benson class destroyer.
    US Navy photo.
    Pieter B.Bakels
    Caloosahatchee 94k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) riding high after refueling ships of the Sixth Fleet. Nested alongside are USS Spikefish (SS-404) and USS Piper (SS-409).
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1955
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Caloosahatchee 103k USS Caloosahatchee (AP-98) refuels USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) and a destroyer while a Piasecki HUP-2 "Retriever" Helicopter (Bureau # 128533), of Helicopter Utility Squadron Two (HU-2) lowers guard mail to the foredeck of USS Salem (CA-139), during operations in the Mediterranean Sea, 29 April 1957.
    US Navy photo # NH 97609 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Caloosahatchee 91k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) underway while refueling destroyers off both her port and starboard sides. USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) is visible to starboard of Caloosahatchee, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1958
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Caloosahatchee 112k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) refueling USS Forrestal (CVA-59) to port while USS Salem (CA-139) moves into position to refuel from Caloosahatchee's starboard side, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1960
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Caloosahatchee 157k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) underway circa 1964.
    US Navy photo from the collection of SFC Walter Pegg.
    Tommy Trampp and David Merrill
    USS Canisteo (AO-99) Web Site
    Caloosahatchee 78k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt 125k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) refueling USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) and USS Charles H. Roan (DD-853) in the Mediterranean, 1960. Image courtesy of Larry Blumenthal, "US Navy Photos"
    Caloosahatchee 56k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    David Merrill
    USS Canisteo (AO-99) Web Site
    Caloosahatchee 1095k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) departing the port of Genoa, Italy, 26 April 1972. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Yosemite 798k USS Yosemite (AD-19) moored pierside at Marseille, France, circa 1987-88, with USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) and USS Aylwin (FF-1081) alongside. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Caloosahatchee 92k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists Web Site
    Caloosahatchee 3528k USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) underway at Hampton Roads, VA., date unknown.
    Photo @copyAtlantic Fleet Sales and can be purchased from Atlantic Fleet Sales .
    Robert M. Cieri
    Caloosahatchee 45k "The Hartlepool Four" left to right;
    ex-USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98)
    ex-USS Canisteo (AO-99),
    ex-USS Canopus (AS-34), and
    ex-USS Compass Island (E-AG-153) awaiting the beginning of the end at Able UK, Hartlepool, Teeside, England, 4 March 2006. Scrapping is on hold due to environmental concerns.
    Photo by David Nixon

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    For more photos and information about USS Caloosahatchee, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98)
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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