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USS Nanticoke (AOG-66)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Charlie - Quebec

USS Nanticoke was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS Nanticoke was transferred to Argentina and named ARA Punta Delgada (B-16)
Klickitat Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 16 January 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-BT1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2626), at St Johns River Shipbuilding, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Launched, 7 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Nanticoke (AOG-66), 1 September 1945, with a Coast Guard crew
  • Decommissioned, 4 January 1946, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 January 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for commercial service in 1946 to American Petroleum Transport Corp., renamed MV Sugarland
  • Foreign Naval Service
    Resold to the government of Argentina in 1946, renamed ARA Punta Delgada (B-16)
    Disposed of by the Argentine navy in 1984
    Final Disposition, caught fire and capsized while at anchor off La Plata, 4 March 1985

    Displacement 1,980 t.(lt) 5,970 t.(fl)
    Length 325' 2"
    Beam 48' 2"
    Draft 19' (limiting)
    Speed 10 kts.(trial)
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 72
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 tons.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    Diesel 10,465 Bbls.
    Gasoline 871,332 Gals.
    one Enterprise DNQ-38 Diesel engine
    Single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw. 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    Fuel Capacity 1,110 Bbls Diesel
    single propeller, 800shp

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    Merchant Service
    Nanticoke 15k Ex-USS Nanticoke (AOG-66) in merchant service as the American Petroleum Transport Corp. tanker MV Sugarland, date and location unknown Robert Hurst
    ARA Punta Delgada (B-16)
    Nanticoke 12k Ex-USS Nanticoke (AOG-66) in Argentine Naval service as ARA Punta Delgada (B-16) underway in Antarctica, date unknown Armada Argentina web site
    Nanticoke 35k ARA Punta Delgada (B-16), date unknown Robert Hurst
    Nanticoke 44k ARA Punta Delgada (B-16) moored, date and location unknown.
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst
    Nanticoke 142k ARA Punta Delgada (B-16) moored, date and location unknown.
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst
    Nanticoke 95k ARA Punta Delgada (B-16) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    Nanticoke 77k ARA Punta Delgada (B-16) underway with the assistance of tugs, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Nanticoke (AOG-66)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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