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USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383)
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USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP-383) (1946 - 1966)
USS Castle Rock (AVP-35) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Zulu - Foxtrot
NBZF
USS Castle Rock (AVP-35) 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

USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (21 December 1971)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383) was transferred to South Vietnam and renamed RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5), acquired by the Philippines at the end of the Vietnam War and renamed BRP Francisco Dagahoy (PF-10)

Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 12 July 1943, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 11 March 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Castle Rock (AVP-35), 8 October 1944, CDR. George S. James, Jr., in command
  • Decommissioned, 6 August 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Loaned to the US Coast Guard, 16 September 1946
  • Commissioned, USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP-383, 18 December 1948
  • Redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-383), 1 May 1966
    Castle Rock suffered an engineering casualty en-route Vietnam while in Singapore, and sunk at the pier. After repairs she continued on to Vietnam.
  • During the Vietnam War USCGC Castle Rock was assigned to Coast Guard Squadron Three, Vietnam, from 9 July to 21 December 1971 and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation I 9 July to 30 November 1971 Consolidation II 1 to 21 December 1971

  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 21 December 1971
  • Transferred to South Vietnam, renamed RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5)
  • Fled from Vietnam at the fall of Saigon in circa 1975
  • Custody assumed by Philippines circa 1975, renamed BRP Francisco Dagahoy (PF-10)
  • BRP Francisco Dagahoy was laid up as non-operational in June 1985
  • Decommissioned by Philippine Navy in June 1985
  • Final Disposition, disposed of, probably scrapped, in March 1993
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 311' 6"
    Beam 41' 1"
    Draft 12' 5"
    Speed 18.2 kts (trial)
    Complement
    USN
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 201
    USN Aviation Squadrons
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 93
    USCG
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 136
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    USCG Electronics
    Radar: SPS-23, SPS-29D
    Sonar: SQS-1
    Armament
    USN
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    USCG
    one single 5"/38 cal. Mk 12, Mod 1 dual purpose gun mount
    one Mk 52 Mod 3 director
    one Mk 26 fire control radar
    one Mk 11 A/S projector
    two Mk 32 Mod 5 torpedo tubes
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,055 Bbls
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals
    Propulsion
    Fairbanks-Morse, 38D8 1/2 Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,400shp

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    USS Castle Rock (AVP-35)
    Castle Rock 86k Castle Rock (AVP-35) being christened by Mrs. R. W. Cooper during launching ceremonies on 11 March 1944 at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-62886, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Castle Rock 108k Castle Rock (AVP-35) being launched at the Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA., 11 March 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-62884, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Castle Rock 105k USS Castle Rock (AVP-35) photographed off Houghton, WA., 6 October 1944. Note her Measure 32 Design 2ax camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-74574, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Castle Rock 114k USS Castle Rock (AVP-35) photographed off Houghton, WA., 6 October 1944. Note her Measure 32 Design 2ax camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-74575, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Castle Rock 96k USS Castle Rock (AVP-35) in Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, April 1945. Photographed by Ensign Thomas Binford, USNR, from a nearby PBM seaplane. USS LCI(G)-471 is moored beyond Castle Rock's bow. Note Castle Rock's weathered Measure 32 Design 2ax camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-16186, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Castle Rock 54k LT. Robert S. Selby, USN, USS Castle Rock (AVP-35) shoots the sun with a sextant, while standing in one of the ship's 40mm gun tubs in April 1945. The ship is in Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, with several PBM Mariner seaplanes moored in the distance. Photographed by ENS. Thomas Binford, USNR. Note 40mm gun barrels overhead, and ready-service ammunition racks around the gun tub perimeter, some empty and some containing four-round clips of 40mm ammunition.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-16187, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP-383 / WHEC-383)
    Castle Rock 98k USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP 383) Commissioning Ceremony at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 18 December 1948.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 2609-12-48.
    Darryl Baker
    Castle Rock 110k Forward plan view of USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP 383) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 18 December 1948. Castle Rock was under repair at the shipyard from 17 September to 27 October 1948.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 2700-12-48 1/5/49.
    Darryl Baker
    Castle Rock 139k Aft plan view of USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP 383) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 18 December 1948. Arivaca (YTB 259) in the dock and ARD 32 (empty) are in the background in addition to a YR forward of Castle Rock.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 2703-12-48 1/5/49.
    Darryl Baker
    Castle Rock 68k USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP-383) underway off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 5 January, 1949.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # NY9-2711-1-49.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Castle Rock 28k USCGCCastle Rock (WAVP-383) underway, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
    Castle Rock 56k USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP-383) moored pierside at Boston, MA., November 1963 © Richard Leonhardt
    Castle Rock 72k USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383) underway, 1 May 1969, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo from the Office of the US Coast Historian.
    Mike Green
    RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5)
    Chincoteague 63k Ex-USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383) in South Vietnamese naval service as Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5) underway, date and location unknown. Bang Le
    Bering Strait 69k RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5) moored outboard of ex-USCGC Cook Inlet (WHEC-384) in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Tran Quoc Toan (HQ-6) and ex-USCGC Bearing Strait (WHEC-383) in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ-2) at Saigon in May 1972. © Richard Leonhardt
    Chincoteague 14k RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5) underway, date and location unknown. Bang Le

    USS Castle Rock (AVP-35)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. James Jr., George Shearman8 October 1944 through 31 October 1945
    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
    USS Barnegat AVP-10 Class Seaplane Tenders
    Profile and Sky Views - Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tenders - Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Castle Rock, 1948
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