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USCGC Hornbeam (WLB-394)
USCGC Hornbeam.jpg
USCGC Hornbeam underway.
Career (United States)
Name: USCGC Hornbeam (WLB-394)
Builder: Marine and Iron Shipbuilding Corporation
Laid down: 19 June 1943
Launched: 14 August 1943
Commissioned: 14 April 1944
Decommissioned: 30 September 1999
Badge: USCGC Hornbeam Badge.png
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 Hornbeam (WLB-394) was a Iris-class buoy tender belonging to the United States Coast Guard launched on 14 August 1943 and commissioned on 14 April 1944.[1]

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    International radio call sign of
    USCGC Hornbeam (WLB-394)[1]
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    November Oscar Delta Mike

    During World War II the Hornbeam initially served on the Great Lakes where she was used for ATON and ice-breaking.[1] From August 1944 until the war's end in 1945 the cutter was assigned to the First Coast Guard District and stationed at Woods Hole. In January 1945 she assisted USCGC Nemesis (WPC-111) following the Nemesis' collision with SS Felipe de Neve.

    After the war, the Hornbeam stayed in Woods Hole until July 1976. During early 1965 the she escorted the USS Atka (AGB-3), which was taking on water near New Bedford[1]

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