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USCGC Iris (WLB-395)
USCGC Iris.png
USCGC Iris underway.
Career (United States) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Name: USCGC Iris (WLB-395)
Builder: Zenith Dredge Corporation
Laid down: 10 December 1943
Launched: 18 May 1944
Commissioned: 11 August 1944
Decommissioned: 20 June 1995
Fate: Transferred to Maritime Administration 8 August 1997
Badge: USCGC Iris 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 Iris (WLB-395) was a Iris-class buoy tender belonging to the United States Coast Guard launched on 18 May 1944 and commissioned on 11 August 1944.[1]

    CareerEdit

    International radio call sign of
    USCGC Iris (WLB-395)[1]
    ICS November ICS Oscar ICS Delta ICS November
    November Oscar Delta November

    Upon receiving her commission, the Iris was assigned to the 8th Coast Guard District and homeported in Galveston, Texas where she was used for general ATON duties through the end of the war.[1] In April 1947, she assisted with evacuating the injured from the Texas City disaster in which the SS Grandcamp carrying ammonium nitrate exploded.[2] After assisting with evacuations, the Iris returned to the scene to assist with fighting the numerous fires that had spawned.[1] In April 1989 she responded out to the Exxon Valdez oil spill and assisted with the clean up of Prince William Sound. In 1997 she was transferred to the Maritime Administration.[1]

    See alsoEdit

    ReferencesEdit

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "USCG Iris". US Coast Guard. https://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Iris_1944.pdf. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
    2. "Texas City, Texas Disaster". Fire Prevention and Engineering Bureau of Texas. April 29, 1947. http://www.local1259iaff.org/report.htm. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 

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