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USCGC Cape Henlopen (WPB-95328)
USCGC Cape Henlopen
USCGC Cape Henlopen (WPB 95328)
Career (USCG) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Builder: Coast Guard Yard Baltimore, Maryland
Commissioned: December 5, 1958
Decommissioned: September 28, 1989
Homeport: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
General characteristics
Displacement: 98 tons
Length: 95 ft (29 m)
Beam: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Draught: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Propulsion: 2 Detroit 16V149 diesels (renovated)
Speed: 26 kn (48 km/h)
Range: 3,560 nmi (6,590 km)
Complement: 15
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar: SPS-64 (1987)
Armament: • 2 × M2 Browning machine guns
• 2 x 40mm Mk 64 grenade launchers (1987)

USCGC Cape Henlopen was a Cape class 95-foot (29 m) cutter constructed at the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, Maryland in 1958 for use as a law enforcement and search and rescue patrol boat.


She was stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, from 1959 to December 1966. From December 1966 to 1968, she was stationed at Port Angeles, Washington. On 29 October 1967, she escorted the distressed Soviet motor vessel Altajaskie Gory while in U.S. waters off Washington. On 20 November 1967, she escorted the distressed Soviet fishing vessel Ogonj and other Soviet vessels while in U.S. seas off the coast of the State of Washington. From 1969 to 1981, she was stationed at Petersburg, Alaska. On 4–5 October 1979, she assisted the fishing vessels and pleasure craft Black Bear, Diane, Heidi, and Will Do Too in Stephens Passage following a storm. On 1 May 1980, she repaired and refloated the motor vessel Biorkau. She underwent major renovation from 1980 to 1982. From 1983 to 1989, she was stationed at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. On 28 July 1985, she assisted in the rescue of 118 from the passenger vessel Pilgrim Bell off Cuttyhunk Island.

After decommissioning in 1989, she was transferred to the Costa Rica Coast Guard and recommissioned as Astronauta Franklin Chang Diaz (spn95-1) She was taken out of active service in 2006 and sunk in the Gulf of Nicoya as an artificial reef.


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