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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
USCG Dorado (WSES-1)
Laid down, as SES-110BH, date unknown, at Bell Halter Inc., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, date unknown
Delivered to the US Navy, 1 September 1980
Loaned to the US Coast Guard to evaluate the SES concept and its possible application to the Coast Guard's missions
Commissioned USCGC Dorado (WSES-1), 18 June 1981
Decommissioned, September 1982 and returned to the US Navy
Placed in service, 11 May 1987 as Surface Effect Ship SES-200 unofficially named "Sea Flyer"
Converted by Navatek Ltd (this involved replacing the entire propulsion and lifting system) in 2000-2003
Re-launched in June 2003 as a SWATH/Hydrofoil hybrid evaluation platform and designated IX-515
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 12 February 2010
Final Disposition, to be disposed of by Navy sale
Displacement 162 t.(fl)
Draft 4' 10 (on cushion) 7' 10" (at rest)
Maximum Speed: 33 knots
Economic/Cruising Speed: 26 knots - 575 mile range
Armament small arms only
Main Engines 2 General Motors diesels
Lift Engines 2 Detroit diesels
Displacement 270 t.(lt) 340 t.(fl)
Compliment 3 Officers, 26 Enlisted
Speed 30+ kts. (max.)
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||IX-515 as SES-200 , date and location unknown. US Navy photo
||Bob Inman EM1 USN
||IX-515 underway off Honolulu, HI, date unknown.
US Navy photo.
||IX-515 as SES-200 laid up at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, awaiting a buyer, July 2010
Photos from Government Liquidation web site
There is no DANFS history available for IX-515 at NavSource
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Last Updated 24 February 2012
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