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USCGC Firebush (WLB-393)
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USCGC Firebush underway.
Career (United States)
Name: USCGC Firebush (WLB-393)
Builder: Zenith Dredge Corporation
Laid down: 12 November 1943
Launched: 3 February 1944
Commissioned: 20 July 1944
Decommissioned: 26 May 2003
Fate: Transferred to Nigerian Navy
30 June 2003
Badge: USCGC Firebush Badge.png
Career (Nigeria) Flag of Nigeria.svg
Name: NNS Nwamba (A 503)
Commissioned: 30 June 2003
Status: Active as of July, 2015
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
  • 6 officers
  • 74 enlisted
  • 1 x 3 inch gun
  • 2 x 20mm/80
  • 2 x depth charge tracks
  • 2 x Mousetraps
  • 4 x Y-guns
  • The USCGC Firebush (WLB-393) was a Iris-class buoy tender belonging to the United States Coast Guard launched on 3 February 1944 and commissioned on 20 July 1944.[1] She was eventually transferred to the Nigerian Navy in June 2003.

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    International radio call sign of
    USCGC Firebush (WLB-393)[1]
    ICS November.svg ICS Oscar.svg ICS Delta.svg ICS Lima.svg
    November Oscar Delta Lima

    The Firebush was fire assigned to the 3rd Coast Guard District and homeported in St. George, Staten Island where she was used for ATON duties during the end of World War II.[1] In June 1979, she was transferred to Kodiak, Alaska to assist with ATON in Alaskan waters. During her time there, she tended 140 aids to navigation including 83 buoys. In May 2003 the Firebush was decommissioned and turned over to the Nigerian Navy.[1]

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