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USCGC Mariposa (WLB-397)
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USCGC Mariposa underway in 1971.
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Name: USCGC Mariposa (WLB-397)
Namesake: Mariposa plant
Builder: Zenith Dredge Corporation
Laid down: 25 October 1943
Launched: 14 January 1944
Commissioned: 1 July 1944
Decommissioned: 7 March 2000
Fate: Transferred to US Navy as training hulk, 17 April 2000
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 Mariposa (WLB-397) was a Iris-class buoy tender belonging to the United States Coast Guard launched on 14 January 1944 and commissioned on 1 July 1944.[1]


    International radio call sign of
    USCGC Mariposa (WLB-397)[1]
    ICS November ICS Oscar ICS Delta ICS Papa
    November Oscar Delta Papa

    Upon receiving her commission the Mariposa was assigned to the 3rd Coast Guard District and homeported in Staten Island where she was used for general ATON until the end of World War II.[1] After the end of the war, she stayed in Staten Island. In 1990 she underwent a major renovation and from June 1991 until being decommissioned she was stationed in Seattle.[1]

    In 2000 she was transferred to the US Navy for use as a training hulk.[1]

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