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USS Klaskanine (AOG-63)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Bravo - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS Klaskanine (AOG-63) was sold to Brazil and renamed Raza (G-19)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 24 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 2657) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 3 February 1945
  • Acquired by the Navy, 26 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS Klaskanine (AOG-63), 8 March 1945, LT. Robert O. Kostelak, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned and returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Transferred (sold) to Brazil, date unknown, renamed Raza (G-19)
  • Sold by Brazil for Merchant service, date unknown, renamed M/T Itajai
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1971
    Displacement 846 t. (lt) 2,255 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 50
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,360 dwt
    Oil 12,100 bbls
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 200 bbls
    one direct drive Fairbanks-Morse 37E16 Diesel engines
    three Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 720shp

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    Raza (G-19)
    Klaskanine 45k Ex-USS Klaskanine (AOG-63) in Brazilian service as Raza (G-19), drydocked, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Merchant Service
    Klaskanine 23k Ex-USS Klaskanine (AOG-63) in merchant service as the motor tanker M/T Itajai moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Auke Visser's Famous T Tankers web site, ©Jose Arthur.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Klaskanine (AOG-63)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kostelak, Robert Otto, USNR8 March 1945 - 25 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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