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USS Carib (ATF-82)
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USS Carib (AT-82) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Kilo - Whiskey
NWKW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS Carib (ATF-82) was transferred to Colombia, renamed ARC Sebastiaqn de Belalcazar (RM-75)
Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS Carib (AT-82), 24 July 1943, LT. Aubrey H. Gunn USN in command
  • During World War II USS Carib (AT-92) served primarily in the American Theater with brief service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-82), 15 May 1944
  • Following World War II USS Carib (ATF-82) was assigned Occupation service and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    21 October to 18 December 194522 December 1945 to 20 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 24 January 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Sold to Colombia, under the Security Assistance Program, 14 February 1978 and renamed ARC Sebastiaqn de Belalcazar (RM-75)
  • Final Disposition, sunk by the Colombian Navy in June 2007
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,265 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four General Motors 12-278 Diesel-electric main engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 100Kw 120V D.C.
    one 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    USS Carib (AT-82)
    Carib 152k USS Carib (AT-82) commissioning ceremony, 24 July 1943, at Charleston, S.C.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1152-43 from "the Towline" the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors magazine, 1 September 1996.
    Stan Svec
    Carib 91k USS Carib (AT-82) underway near Charleston Navy Yard probably shortly after commissioning in July 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-48521, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Carib 72k Port bow down view of USS Carib (AT-82) underway on the Cooper River, off Charleston, S.C., 2 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1176-43
    Robert Hall
    Carib 68k Port broadside bow down view of USS Carib (AT-82) underway on the Cooper River, off Charleston, S.C., 2 August 1943
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1177-43
    Robert Hall
    Carib 82k Port quarter view of USS Carib (AT-82) underway on the Cooper River, off Charleston, S.C., 2 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1178-43
    Robert Hall
    Carib 52k Starboard quarter view of USS Carib (AT-82) underway on the Cooper River, off Charleston, S.C., 2 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1173-43
    Robert Hall
    Carib 57k Stern view of USS Carib (AT-82) underway on the Cooper River, off Charleston, S.C., 2 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1174-43
    Robert Hall
    Carib 46k Bow view of USS Carib (AT-82) underway on the Cooper River, off Charleston, S.C., 2 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1170-43
    Robert Hall
    Carib 30k USS Carib (AT-82) underway, date and location unknown. National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    ARC Sebastiaqn de Belalcazar (RM-75)
    Carib 30k Ex-USS Carib (AT-82) in Columbian naval service as ARC Sebastiaqn de Belalcazar (RM-75), at anchor, date and location unknown. Luis Bernardo Castro Villegas

    USS Carib (AT-82/ATF-82)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gunn, Aubrey Hazel USN24 July 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Billig, August Blaze USN1944 - 1946
    03LT. Paquette, Lorenzo Henry USN1946 - 24 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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