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USCGC Blackhaw (WLB-390)
USCGC Blackhaw.jpg
USCGC Blackhaw underway.
Career (United States) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Name: USCGC Blackhaw (WLB-390)
Builder: Marine and Iron Shipbuilding Corporation
Laid down: 16 April 1943
Launched: 18 June 1943
Commissioned: 17 February 1944
Decommissioned: 26 February 1993
Fate: Sold on 24 November 2000, eventually scrapped
Badge: USCGC Blackhaw Badge
General characteristics
Class & type: Iris-class buoy tender
Displacement: 935 long tons (950 t)
Length: 180 ft (55 m)
Beam: 47 ft 1 in (14.35 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: 1 × electric motor connected to 2 Westinghouse generators driven by 2 Cooper Bessemer-type GND-8, 4-cycle diesels; single screw
Speed: 8.3 kn (15.4 km/h; 9.6 mph) cruising
13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph) maximum
Complement:
  • 6 officers
  • 74 enlisted
Armament:
  • 1 x 3 inch gun
  • 2 x 20mm/80
  • 2 x depth charge tracks
  • 2 x Mousetraps
  • 4 x Y-guns
  • The USCGC Blackhaw (WLB-390) was a Iris-class buoy tender belonging to the United States Coast Guard launched on 18 June 1943 and commissioned on 17 February 1944.[1]

    CareerEdit

    International radio call sign of
    USCGC Blackhaw (WLB-390)[1]
    ICS November ICS Oscar ICS Delta ICS India
    November Oscar Delta India

    Immediately after her commissioning, the Blackhaw was assigned to perform general ATON and icebreaking duties in the Great Lakes. Afterward she was assigned to the 6th Coast Guard District and homeported in Charleston, South Carolina.[1]

    In popular cultureEdit

    During the spring of 1989 the ship and her crew were used during the filming of The Hunt for Red October to depict a Soviet icebreaker and its crew.[1]

    See alsoEdit

    ReferencesEdit

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "USCG Blackhaw". US Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Blackhaw1943.pdf. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 

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