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Tucumcari (PGH 2)


Tucumcari Class Patrol Gunboat (Hydrofoil):

  • Laid down 1 September 1966 by the Marine Branch of Boeing Company's Aerospace Group, Seattle, Washington
  • Launched 16 July 1968
  • Placed in service 7 March 1968
  • Lost due to grounding on a coral reef at Caballo Blanco, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, 16 November 1972
  • Struck from the Navy Register 7 November 1973
  • Transferred to the Naval Ship and Research Development Center, Annapolis, MD. She was subsequently used as a test hulk for structural evaluation and fire containment tests
  • Scrapped in 1973.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 57 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 50 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two twin .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Proteus gas turbine.
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    Tucumcari 32k U.S. Navy photos International Hydrofoil Society website
    Tucumcari 78k
    Tucumcari 41k
    Tucumcari 90k
    Tucumcari 58k . Stan Svec
    Tucumcari 59k Tucumcari being transported on board USS Coronado (LPD 11) from the west coast to Norfolk. Bill Foss
    Tucumcari 130k Underway on her foils at high speed
    U.S. Navy photo from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Tucumcari 111k c. 1969
    Being transported to Vietnam on board Gunston Hall (LSD 5)
    Cliff Boxer
    Wood County 8k c. March 1971 to February 1972
    Wood County (LST-1178) seen here with Tucumcari (PGH-2) on her main deck
    LST Home Port Website
    Tucumcari 117k U.S. Navy photos from the March 1971 edition of "All Hands" magazine Joe Radigan
    Tucumcari 47k
    Tucumcari 44k
    Tucumcari 121k c. 1971
    Making a high speed run in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon, England
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Tucumcari 61k Denmark's world-famous Little Mermaid looks out over the Copenhagen harbor as USS Wood County (LST 1178) arrives with Tucumcari on her main deck
    U.S. Navy photo from the July 1971 edition of All Hands magazine
    Tucumcari 124k 21 September 1971
    Off La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    Tucumcari 68k U. S. Navy photo from the August 1972 edition of "All Hands" magazine Joe Radigan
    Tucumcari 358k 16 November 1972
    Grounded
    Photo by PH2 Karl Rehbaum, United States Navy Photographic Division
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Marvin H. Mandles, USNR7 March 1968
    02LT R. L. Stedd, USN1 May 1969 - 1 October 1971
    03LT Edward N. Bond, USN1 October 1971
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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