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USCGC Cape Fox (WPB-95316)
USCGC Cape Newagen (WPB-95309)
Sister ship USCGC Cape Newagen
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Name: USCGC Cape Fox (WPB-95316)
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Baltimore
Commissioned: 22 August 1955
Decommissioned: 30 June 1989
Fate: Transferred to the Bahamas, 30 June 1989
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Name: HMBS San Salvador II (P10)
Operator: Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Acquired: 30 June 1989
Struck: 1999
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Cape-class cutter
Displacement: 105 long tons (107 t) full load
Length: 95 ft (29 m) o/a
90 ft (27 m) w/l
Beam: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Draft: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Propulsion: As built:
4 × Cummins VT-600 diesel engines, 2,200 shp (1,641 kW)
After refit:
2 × Detroit 16V149 diesels, 2,470 shp (1,842 kW)
Speed: As built:
20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
After refit:
24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Complement: 15
Sensors and
processing systems:
SPS-64 navigation radar
Armament:
  • As built:
  • 2 × Mousetrap ASW
  • 2 × Depth charge racks
  • 1 × 40 mm gun
  • 2 × .50 caliber machine guns
  • Added 1987:
  • 2 × 12.7 mm machine guns
  • 2 × 40 mm Mk 64 grenade launchers

USCGC Cape Fox (WPB-95316) was a Type B Cape-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard. Built at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Baltimore the vessel was commissioned on August 22, 1955.

Service historyEdit

The ship was stationed at New London, Connecticut, until transferred to Riviera Beach, Florida, in 1964. After a major refit in 1980-82, she replaced the Cape York in late 1981 after the Cuban Boatlift in Key West, Florida, apart from the period between December 1983 to February 1984, when she conducted surveillance operations from St. George's, Grenada. The principal duties of Cape Fox were search and rescue and law enforcement operations; she was credited with numerous seizures of shipments of illegal drugs.[1]

The ship was decommissioned on June 30, 1989, and transferred to The Bahamas,[1] where she served in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force under the name HMBS San Salvador II (P10) until 1999.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "CAPE FOX, 1955". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. 2012. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/CapeFox1955.asp. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  2. Colton, Tim (2012). "U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Craft Post-WWII". shipbuildinghistory.com. http://shipbuildinghistory.com/history/smallships/wpc3.htm. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 


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