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USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6) "The Largest in the 7th" (Coast Guard District - Miami, Florida)

 

This is the three-war veteran USS ESCAPE (ARS-6), second in the class commissioned in 1943. During the 1960's she was a primary recovery vessel for NASA and support for oceanographic missions. She remained in USN service until 1978 when she was re-flagged as the USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6). ESCAPE served as a Coast Guard cutter until 1995.

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USCGC YOCONA (WMEC-168/WAT-168) Medium Endurance Cutter, ex-USS SEIZE (ARS-26) US Navy WWII Diver class salvage ship in service 1944 to 1996

Transferred to the USCG in 1946 as (WAT-168) and redesignated as Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-168) in 1965. Decommissioned, 30 May 1996 and returned to US Naval custody, for disposal.

 

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On 9/16/2017 at 12:19 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

USCGC COMANCHE (WMEC-202) Began life as a USN Sotoyomo class Auxiliary Fleet Tug named USS WAMPANOAG (ATA-202) serving in Okinawa 1944-1948.

 

Loaned to the USCG in 1949, then transferred to the Coast Guard in 1959 and designated as COMANCHE WATA-202 and later WMEC-202.

 

U.S. Coast Guard History Program https://www.uscg.mil/history/cutters/143/Comanche1959.asp

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Another, and better, version of USCGC COMANCHE (WMEC-202), ex-USS WAMPANOAG (ATA-202) serving in Okinawa 1944-1948

 

USS Wampanoag remained in reserve until 25 February 1959 at which time she was loaned to the United States Coast Guard. In the Coast Guard, she became the USCGC Comanche (WATA-202), later redesignated WMEC-202 as a medium endurance cutter. On 1 June 1969, her name was struck from the Navy List and she was transferred permanently to the Coast Guard.

 

Comanche operated along the United States West Coast from 1959 to 1967. She moved her home port to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1967, then moved it again to Eureka, California, in 1969. She operated from Eureka until decommissioned by the Coast Guard on 30 January 1980 and laid up. She was sold into commercial service in 1991, and operated commercially in the Puget Sound area of Washington until laid up in 2000.

 

 

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