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USCGC White Heath (WLM-545)
USCGC White Heath (WAGL-545) (1946 - mid-1960s)
USS YF-445 (1944 - 1946)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

YF-445 was transferred to the US Coast Guard after World War II, named USCGC White Heath (WAGL-545) later transferred to Tunisia

YF-257 Class Self-propelled Covered Lighter:
  • Laid down, 4 June 1943, under contract no. NXs156 at Erie Concrete & Steel Supply Co., Erie, PA.
  • Launched, 21 July 1943
  • Commissioned YF-445, 9 August 1944
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Acquired by the US Coast Guard in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Commissioned, as the Coastal Buoy Tender USCGC White Heath (WAGL-545), 9 August 1947
  • Redesignated (WLM-545), mid-1960s
  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1998
  • Transferred to Tunisia, 10 June 1998
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 600 t.
    Length 132' 10"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 8' 9" max.
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Range 2,830 mile range at 7.5 kts. (1948)
    Armament none
    ComplementUSCG - 1 Warrant Officer, 20 Enlisted (1948)
    As Built - diesel, twin screws
    1974 - Diesel electric; 2 x direct-reversible 06 Union diesels; 600 BHP; twin propellers; 3 rudders (as launched); 2 x Caterpillar D-353-E diesel engines
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    USS YF-445
    YF-445 79k Port side view of the decommissioned USS YF-445, 1 July 1947, still in Navy Gray,with U.S. Navy YF445 markings.
    Photo from the collections of the US Library of Congress, HAUER MASS,13-BOST,140--44.
    Mike Green
    USCGC White Heath (WAGL-545 / WLM-545)
    HAER MASS,13-BOST,14045
    71k USCGC White Heath (WAGL-545) underway on trials, 19 February 1948. The ship was originally commissioned as USS YF-445 in August 1944. Placed out of service in 1946, she was acquired by the Coast Guard at that time.
    Photos from the collections of the US Library of Congress, HAER MASS,13-BOST,14045 and HAER MASS,13-BOST,14045
    Mike Green
    HAER MASS,13-BOST,14045
    YF-445 83k USCGC White Heath (WLM-545) moored at the USGS Integrated Support Command dock, Boston, MA. in 1998.
    Photo from the collections of the US Library of Congress, HAER MASS,13-BOST,1402.
    Mike Green
    YF-445 119k USCGC White Heath (WLM-545) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast and Geodetic Survey

    There is no DANFS history for YF-445 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - White Heath, 1947 WAGL / WLM-545; YF-445

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