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INCONSTANT HMS 1915

Built as a light cruiser under yard No 514 by William Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir for the Royal Navy.
03 April 1913 keel laid down.
06 July 1914 launched as the HMS INCONSTANT one of the Arethusa class.
Displacement 3,568 ton, dim. 132.9 x 11.9 x 4.75m. (draught), length bpp. 125.0m.
Powered by four Parsons steam turbines, 40,000 shp, four shafts, speed 28.5 knots.
Armament: 2 – 6 inch, 6 – 4 inch QF, 1 – 3pdr. AA gun, 4 – 21 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 270.
January 1915 commissioned.

HMS INCONSTANT was one of eight Arethusa-class light cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the 1910s. She fought in the First World War, participating in the Battle of Jutland. Following the war, she was scrapped.
Design and description
The Arethusa-class cruisers were intended to lead destroyer flotillas and defend the fleet against attacks by enemy destroyers. The ships were 436 feet (132.9 m) long overall, with a beam of 39 feet (11.9 m) and a deep draught of 15 feet 7 inches (4.75 m). Displacement was 3,512 long tons (3,568 t). INCONSTANT was powered by four Parsons steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, which produced a total of 40,000 indicated horsepower (30,000 kW). The turbines used steam generated by eight Yarrow boilers which gave her a speed of about 28.5 knots (52.8 km/h; 32.8 mph). She carried 840 long tons (853 t) tons of fuel oil that gave a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph).
The main armament of the Arethusa-class ships was two BL 6-inch (152 mm) Mk XII guns that were mounted on the centreline fore and aft of the superstructure and six QF 4-inch Mk V guns in waist mountings. They were also fitted with a single QF 3-pounder (47 mm (1.9 in)) anti-aircraft gun and four 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes in two twin mounts.
Construction and service
The ship was launched on 6 July 1914 at William Beardmore and Company shipyard. On being commissioned, she was assigned to the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet at Rosyth. Took part in the search for the SMS METEOR. On 31 May to 1 June 1916 INCONSTANT took part in the Battle of Jutland. She survived the battle. September 1917 fitted out as a minelayer and laid 370 mines in 5 voyages. Early 1919 send to the Baltic as a SNO (what is that?) ship and returning to the U.K. April 1919. The she joined the Light Cruiser Squadron in Harwich.
October 1919 paid off and then attached to the 1st Submarine Flotilla until February 1922, including short spells as Atlantic Fleet Flagship.
16 February 1922 paid off at Chatham, and was sold for scrapping on 9 June 1922 to Cashmore, of Newport.

Guyana 2015 $80 sg?, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Inconstant_(1914) Conway’s All the World’s Fighting ships 1906-1921.

25 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS - ISRAEL-GREECE

The stamp shows us an imagination I believe of the designer of the stamp, from a cruise vessel and a container vessel. Thessaloniki port is depict on the left of the stamp, Haifa port on the right.

Israel–Greece Joint Issue - 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations
This year, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Greece. Both are modern democratic states, Mediterranean neighbors, with common values representing the proud independence of two ancient nations. The two countries have forged a multidimensional partnership with wide-ranging cooperation in all fields reflecting our peoples' shared history, close cultural ties and common interests. This historic commemorative stamp symbolizes the close friendship between Israel and Greece as they strive to build a better future, working together to promote the progress and prosperity of our nations and our region.
Irit Ben Abba
Israeli Ambassador to Greece
The Jews of Thessaloniki stood facing the sea, while other Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora and in Eretz Israel lived with their backs to it.
Yitzhak Ben Zvi, one of the forefathers of the Zionist movement and later President of Israel, visited Thessaloniki in 1914 and was amazed by the Jewish command of the port: "On the eve of the Sabbath, even before sunset, all transport halts at the port. At once, all the Jewish sailors fill the port with their rowboats, dinghies and ships, all sailing to shore... Sabbath!"
Due to the deep economic ties between Thessaloniki and the sea, which reflected the Jewish power on the docks and beyond, the "pearl of the Aegean" became known as "Jerusalem of the Balkans", in other words – like a city in Israel whose Jewish residents were linked to nature and to physical labor.
The "Jewish muscle" exhibited on the docks of Thessaloniki led the Zionist leadership to include the Thessalonikians in the conquest of the sea in Eretz Israel. Between 1933 and1935 hundreds of Jewish dockworkers from Thessaloniki immigrated to Eretz Israel and helped to realize the national vision of Hebrew labor with their own hands in the key sea ports of Haifa and Jaffa. The routine daily work on the docks was both tedious and dangerous. During the Arab strike that broke out in 1936, Arab workers failed in their attempts to lock the gates of the Haifa and Jaffa ports. Haifa Port remained open thanks to the Thessalonikian dockworkers who continued to come to work despite the atmosphere of terror, and in Tel Aviv the Thessalonikians built the first Hebrew port, as an alternative to the striking Jaffa port. These heroic actions destroyed the Arab blockade of the transfer of goods, passengers and immigrants through the ports of Eretz Israel and garnered the Thessalonikians a place in the national pantheon for their key role in the realization of the Zionist vision during the period of the Jewish Yishuv as it moved toward statehood.
Dr. Shai Srougo
Researcher of Jewish Communities of the Mediterranean Region
Lecturer, Department of Jewish History, Haifa University
Description of the stamp
The stamp features Haifa Port as represented by a typical freighter and cranes, with the Baha'i Gardens on the slopes of Mt. Carmel in the background; and the Port of Thessaloniki as represented by a typical cruise ship and cranes, with the ancient white tower on the beach in the background.
The stamp tab features the 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Israel and Greece logo, designed by graphic artist and illustrator Kelly Matathia Covo.

Israel 2016 4s10 sg?, scott?
http://wopa-stamps.com/index.php?contro ... e&id=25333

HSL 142

A new stamp issue commemorating the 75th anniversary of the RAF Search and Rescue Force is released by Jersey Post on 6 February 2016. The six stamps and Souvenir Sheet feature dramatic search and rescue scenes created by illustrator, Sharif Tarabay.
“In 1940, during The Battle of Britain, the British found that they were unprepared for a battle over the sea,” explains Chris Elligott, Philatelic Production Coordinator at Jersey Post. “It was clear that a better equipped and dedicated service was needed to recover airmen who had ditched or parachuted into the water and return them to their squadrons. As a result, the Air Ministry formed the Directorate of Air Sea Rescue to coordinate rescue efforts.”
The Air Sea Rescue Service was officially founded in February 1941 and adopted the motto, ‘The sea shall not have them.’ The six stamps in this issue depict specialised search and rescue vessels: a Lockheed Hudson aircraft responding to a distress flare, an air sea rescue high speed launch, a Supermarine Walrus seaplane rescuing two pilots in a dinghy, a Westland Whirlwind helicopter carrying out a winch rescue from a sinking boat, a Westland Wessex helicopter flying above a stormy sea and a Westland Sea King helicopter about to carry out a cliff rescue.
“Over the years, RAF Search and Rescue has provided a vital service, both in a military context and for civilians who have found themselves in emergency situations,” continues Mr Elligott. “We’re very happy to be able to commemorate such a significant anniversary with this set of stamps.”
http://www.jerseystamps.com/en/News/Detail/65
The set of stamps and the MS depict rescue from sea and coast, only one stamp the 57p I have more detail on, she depict the HSL 142.
Built under yard No 1631 as a High Speed Launch (HSL) by the Power Boat Company at Hythe, Southampton.
Ordered by the South African Air Force but taken over by RAF during building.
Displacement 21.5 ton, dim. 19.20 x 5.33 x 1.14m.
Hull mahogany.
Powered by 3 Napier Sea Lion diesel engines, each 500 bhp, speed 36 knots.
Armament: 2 - 0.303mm Vickers MG, 2 – 0.303mm Lewis MG.
Crew 9
1940 Completed as the HSL 142.
On completion and after trials, she was taken on charge by the RAF at Calshot on 15th November 1940 and within a month allocated to serve with No. 22 ASR unit from Grimsby in December the same year. Two months later in February 1941 she was transferred to operate with several of her sisters with No. 27 ASRU from Dover. The HSLs were kept very busy and some suffered damage.
HSL 142 was back at Calshot for repairs in August 1941 before being re-allocated for further service with 71 ASRU which was based at Gibraltar.
She was received at Gibraltar in November 1941 and joined sister HSL 181 in the area. HSL 142 saw out most of the war at Gibraltar but was returned to 43 Group for more repairs on the 31st May 1944, and then taken to 85 Maintenance Unit at Felixstowe in August the same year.
HSL 142 was officially written off charge by the RAF on the 17th April 1945, and kept in reserve until she was offered for disposal through the Admiralty Small Craft Sales on the 25th November 1946 at Felixstowe.

Her post-war career is very sketchy, but she ended up as a houseboat on the River Thames. The current owner took up the offer of bringing the HSL to the Marchwood facility in order that the safe site and the local expertise could be used for continued restoration of the craft. HSL 142 arrived in April 2000 and is currently owned by Mick Dent. He needs assistance to ensure the project is completed, however of late, unfortunately very little progress has been made.

2004 Was she broken up at Marchwood, only her transom survived and is now in the Merston Aircraft Museum Hal.

Jersey 2016 57p sg?, scott? MSsg ?, scott?

Source: http://www.tangmere-museum.org.uk/artef ... launch-142
http://www.bmpt.org.uk/other_boats_hist ... /index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_Two_63_ft_HSL

GIBRALTAR HMS 1894

Built as a cruiser under yard No 420 by Robert Napier & Sons, Govan East, Glasgow for the Royal Navy.
02 December 1889 keel laid down.
27 April 1892 launched as HMS GIBRALTAR, one of the Edgar class.
Displacement: 7,700 ton, dim. 118.1 x 18 x 7.3m. (draught).
Powered by two triple expansion steam engines, 12,000 hp, twin shafts, speed 19.5 knots.
Bunker capacity 1,250 ton coal (maximum).
Range by a speed of 10 knots, 10,000 mile.
Armament: 2 – 9.2 inch, 10 – 6 inch QF, 12 – 6 pdr, guns and 4 – 14 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 544.
01 November 1894 commissioned.

HMS GIBRALTAR, was an Edgar-class cruiser launched in 1892 for service in the Royal Navy. She was built and engineered by Messrs Napier of Glasgow. Of 7,700 loaded displacement, she was coal-fired with four double-ended cylindrical boilers driving two shafts. She could make 20 knots (37 km/h) with forced draught and 18 knots (33 km/h) with natural draught. She was a very good sea boat and an exceptional steamer.
During her early career she served mainly on foreign stations. In late 1899 she had a complete refit at Portsmouth dockyard. In March 1901 she was commissioned by Captain Arthur Limpus, with a complement of 544 officers and men, to take the place as flagship of Rear-Admiral Arthur Moore, who had been appointed Commander-in-Chief on the Cape Station. She arrived in Durban in early September 1901.
Despite her obsolescence, she saw service in the First World War, first with the 10th Cruiser Squadron on Northern Patrol and from 1915 as a depot ship for this group, based in the Shetland Islands. Two of her 6-in QF Mk I guns were dismounted from the cruiser and moved to Swarbacks Head on Vementry, a headland that overlooks the entrance to Swarbacks Minn between the islands of Vementry and Muckle Roe for shore based defence. The two guns still exist on this site and can be visited.
Future First Sea Lord John H. D. Cunningham served aboard her as a midshipman. Captain Ronald Arthur Hopwood, R.N. was in command 1913–1914, leaving at the start of the First World War.
GIBRALTAR was sold in August 1923 to John Cashmore Ltd for breaking up at Newport.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Gibraltar_(1892)

FOYLE HMT 1918

This stamp depict the HMT FOYLE but while she is depict on the stamp, I believe the intention was to depict the destroyer FOYLE who was in service in the Royal Navy during World War I. The HMT FOYLE was at that time not sailing under that name but carried the name JOHN EDMUND and she was just completed before the end of World War I.

Built as a navy minesweeper trawler under yard No 224 by Goole Shipbuilding & repairing Co. Ltd, Goole, U.K. for the Royal Navy.
1918 Launched as the HMT JOHN EDMUND she was one of the Mersey class.
Tonnage 328 gross, 131 net, dim. 45.1 x 7.2m., length bpp. 42.2m.
Powered by one triple expansion steam engine, manufactured by Campbell Gas Engine Co. Ltd. Halifax, 69 nhp., one shaft, speed 11 knots.
Armament 1 – 12pdr gun.
Crew ?
22 October 1918 completed.
1919 Registered in London.
1920 Renamed in HMT FOYLE (T48).
1921 Bought or leased by the new formed South African Navy and renamed HMSAS SONNEBLOM (sunflower). She was one of the first South African navy vessels.
When the “Great Depression” hit also South Africa, there was not any money for the navy and the Government was forced to hand back the ship to the U.K. government in 1934, where she was again renamed in FOYLE.
1938-1945 Can’t find anything on her WW II war history.
After the war sold by the Royal Navy to Thomas H. Scales & Son Ltd., Granton and refitted in a fishing trawler, renamed CRAMOND ISLAND GN 18.
1949 Sold to Oddson & Co. Ltd, Hull, renamed BRIMNES H 558.
09 January 1949 towed into Stromness, Orkney by the Islandic trawler RODULL, with five feet of water in the engine room.
January 1950 was she owned by Alexander Robertson Milne, Aberdeen.
06 April 1950 renamed HETTY MILNE A 648.
October 1954 sold for scrap, arrived 16 October1954 by the scrapyard of Jacques Bakker & Zn., Bruges, Belgium.

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Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz and various internet sites.

ECLIPSE HMS 1904

Built as a protected cruiser by the Portsmouth Dockyard for the Royal Navy.
11 December 1893 keel laid down.
19 July 1894 launched as HMS ECLIPSE she was the lead ship of her class.
Displacement: 5,690 ton, dim.106.7 x 16.3 x 6.25m. (draught)
Powered by two inverted triple expansion steam engines, 9,600 ihp, twin shafts, speed 18.5 knots.
Armament: 5 – 6 inch QF, 6 – 4.7 inch QF, 6 – 3 pdr. QF guns and 3 – 18 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 450.
23 March 1897 commissioned.

HMS ECLIPSE was an Eclipse-class protected cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1890s.
Design
Eclipse -class second-class protected cruisers were preceded by the shorter Astraea-class cruisers. ECLIPSE had a displacement of 5,600 long tons (5,700 t; 6,300 short tons) when at normal load. It had a total length of 373 ft (114 m), a beam of 53 ft 6 in (16.31 m), a metacentric height of around 3 m (9 ft 10 in), and a draught of 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m). It was powered by two inverted triple-expansion steam engines which used steam from eight cylindrical boilers. Using normal draught, the boilers were intended to provide the engines with enough steam to generate 8,000 indicated horsepower (6,000 kW) and to reach a speed of 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph); using forced draft, the equivalent figures were 9,600 indicated horsepower (7,200 kW) and a speed of 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph). Eclipse -class cruisers carried a maximum of 1,075 long tons (1,092 t) of coal and achieved maximum speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) in sea trials.[2]
It carried five 40-calibre 6-inch (152 mm) quick-firing (QF) guns in single mounts protected by gun shields. One gun was mounted on the forecastle, two on the quarterdeck and one pair was abreast the bridge. They fired 100-pound (45 kg) shells at a muzzle velocity of 2,205 ft/s (672 m/s). The secondary armament consisted of six 40-calibre 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns; three on each broadside. Their 45-pound (20.4 kg) shells were fired at a muzzle velocity of 2,125 ft/s (648 m/s).[5] It was fitted with three 18-inch torpedo tubes, one submerged tube on each broadside and one above water in the stern.[6] Its ammunition supply consisted of 200 six-inch rounds per gun, 250 shells for each 4.7-inch gun, 300 rounds per gun for the 12-pounders and 500 for each three-pounder. ECLIPSE had ten torpedoes, presumably four for each broadside tube and two for the stern tube.
Service
HMS ECLIPSE was launched in 1894 and completed in 1897. In 1899 she served in the Indian Ocean under the command of Captain P. W. Bush, as flagship of the East Indies Squadron.
Refit at Chatham from 1900-1901.
She was commissioned at Chatham dockyard in late May 1901, with a crew of 450 officers and men under the command of Captain Stokes, to relieve HMS HERMIONE on the China Station.
1904-1905 In reserve at Devonport.
1905-1906 Cadet training ship based at Bermuda, attached to the North America and West Indies station in the 4th Cruiser Squadron.
1906-1907 In reserve Portsmouth.
1907-1912 Attached to the Royal Navy College at Osborne.
1912-1913 Joined the new formed Third Fleet Reserve at Portsmouth.
1913-1914 Assigned to Devonport.
Early 1914 escorted the new Australian submarines AE 1 and AE 2 part way to Singapore.
By the outbreak of the war she joined the 12th Cruiser Squadron in the Western Channel, capturing two German merchant ships on 10 August and 10 September 1914.
Then reduced to accommodation ship for submarine flotillas from 1915-1918.
Laid up in Devonport 1918-1919.
August 1921 sold to G Cohen for breaking up.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_ECLIPSE_(1894) British Cruisers of the Victorian Era by Norman Friedman.
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UNIMAK USS seaplane tender

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UNIMAK USS seaplane tender

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:54 pm

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Built as a seaplane tender by Associated Shipbuilders Inc.,Harbor Island, Seattle, Washington for the USA Navy.
15 February 1942 laid down.
27 May 1942 launched as the USS UNIMAK (AVP-31), sponsored by Mrs. H.B. Berry the wife of Captain H.B.Berry, the personnel officer of the 13th Naval District. Named after the Unimak Bay on the southern side of Unimak Island, Alaska. She was one of the Barnegat class.
Displacement 1.766 tons light, 2.592 tons full load. Dim. 94.7 x 12.5 x 4.1m. (draught).
Powered by two Fairbanks-Morse diesels, 6.080 bhp, twin shafts, speed 18 knots.
Armament 1 – 5 inch, 4 – 40mm AA, 8 – 20mm AA guns, 2 – depth charge tracks and 2 Mousetrap depth charge projectors.
Crew 215 without aviation unit.
31 December 1943 commissioned under command of Commander Hilfort C. Owen.

She carried supplies, spare parts, repairs and berthing for some seaplanes squadron. Aviation bunkers 302.833 liters.
Following shakedown and fitting-out into late January 1944, the small seaplane tender departed San Diego, Calif., on 20 March, bound for the Canal Zone. Arriving at Balboa eight days later, the seaplane tender operated on the Pacific coast of Central America into April, providing logistics support to advanced seaplane bases at Santa Elena Bay, Ecuador, and at Aeolian Bay, Battra Island, in the Galapagos group. She soon shifted to Coco Solo on the Caribbean side of the Canal and transported men and materiel to Barranquilla’s Colombia, arriving there on 25 April.
After escorting SS GENEVIEVE LYKES back to Coco Solo on 23 and 24 June, UNIMAK conducted routine exercises with patrol planes into July. On 4 July, she received reports that a tanker near her position had been torpedoed and headed for the damaged ship. When she arrived on the scene late that day, she found the tanker still underway, making for the Panama coast. She immediately commenced screening the disabled ship and, aided by an escort of Army and Navy planes, shepherded the tanker safely to Colon late on the following afternoon.
Soon thereafter, UNIMAK shaped her course towards the last reported position of Navy blimp K-58. At 1532 on 9 July the seaplane tender sighted two yellow rubber rafts and the wreckage of the crashed blimp floating on the water. At 1558, UNIMAK took on board nine survivors and sank the unsalvageable blimp by collapsing the bag with 40-millimeter gunfire; the ship then landed the survivors at Portland Bight, Jamaica.
A few days later, on 12 July, UNIMAK joined with JOHN D. EDWARDS (DD-216) in hunting for a submarine reported to be lurking nearby. Within a few days, word of a crashed plane sent the two ships speeding for the last reported position of an aircraft. UNIMAK located only wreckage and one body and buried it at sea on 16 July.
UNIMAK remained in the Caribbean through the autumn, tending patrol planes, conducting logistics support missions for advanced seaplane bases, and occasionally towing targets for the patrol planes training in the area. On 15 December, ROCKAWAY (AVP-29) relieved UNIMAK, releasing her to steam north via Norfolk to Boston, Mass.
Arriving there at the end of December 1944, UNIMAK underwent availability at the Boston Navy Yard for the entire month of January 1945. She got underway for England on 14 February, but an engineering casualty forced the ship to return to Boston for a major propeller shaft alignment which lasted into March.
On 7 April, UNIMAK got underway for the British Isles and proceeded, via Bahia Praia in the Azores, to Bristol, on the first of two voyages to England to bring back supplies and men from decommissioned Navy patrol plane squadrons in the British Isles. On the second voyage, from 5 to 15 June, UNIMAK transported the men and materiel of Patrol Bomber Squadrons 103 and 105 from Bristol to Norfolk.
Departing Hampton Roads on 20 July, bound for the west coast, the ship transited the Panama Canal on the 26th and arrived at San Diego on 3 August. She got underway for Pearl Harbor on the 12th. The seaplane tender subsequently operated in the Hawaiian chain until 7 September when she headed for the Aleutians.
She operated in northern climes (calling at Adak, Kodiak, and Attu, Alaska; and once at Petropavlovsk Siberia) into November of 1945 before heading southward to prepare for inactivation. Subsequently reporting to Commander, 19th Fleet, in December, UNIMAK was decommissioned on 26 July 1946. She remained in reserve until transferred to the Coast Guard on 14 September 1948.
She served the Coast Guard as UNIMAK (WAVP-379).
The UNIMAK was home ported in Boston from 3 January 1949 to 1 September 1956 and used primarily for law enforcement, ocean station, and search and rescue operations. In June 1956, she patrolled the Newport, RI to Bermuda race. She was subsequently stationed at Cape May, NJ from 1 September 1956 to 7 August 1972 and used primarily for training reservists, including training cruises to Brazil and Nova Scotia. She took part in the cadet cruise of August 1965. On 7 March 1967 she rescued six Cuban refugees in the Yucatan Channel. On 10 March 1967 she rescued survivors from F/V BUNKIE III in Florida waters. Five days later, she rescued 12 Cuban refugees who were stranded on an island. On 29 May 1969, UNIMAK towed the disabled F/V SIROCCO 35 miles east of Fort Pierce, FL, to safety. On 3 April 1970, UNIMAK stood by the grounded M/V VASSILIKI near Mayaguana Island until a commercial tug arrived.
From 7 August 1972 to 31 May 1975, the UNIMAK was stationed at Yorktown, VA, and was again used to train reservists. Between 31 May 1975 and August 1977 she was placed out of commission and stored at Curtis Bay. MD. On 22 August 1977, UNIMAK was reactivated and was home ported at New Bedford, MA, until 1988. She was used primarily for fishing patrol.
On 6 October 1980, she seized M/V JANETH 340 miles southeast of Miami, FL, carrying 500 bales of marijuana. On 14 October 1980, she seized P/C RESCUE carrying approximately 500 bales of marijuana and P/C SNAIL with two tons of marijuana in the Gulf of Mexico. Three days later, she seized M/V AMALAKA southwest of Key West, FL, carrying 1,000 bales of marijuana. On 19 October 1980, UNIMAK seized F/V WRIGHT’S PRIDE southwest of Key West, carrying 30 tons of marijuana. In March of 1981, while on an OCS training cruise, UNIMAK intercepted M/V MAYO with 40 tons of marijuana. On 9 December 1982, she towed the disabled F/V SACRED HEART away from Daid Banks, 45 miles east of Cape Cod, in 30-foot seas.
Between 28 January and 9 March 1983, the UNIMAK was again deployed to the Caribbean for law enforcement patrol. On 27 and 28 February 1983, she towed the dismasted WANDERING STAR to Mathew Town, Great Iguana. On 3 March 1983, she towed the disabled M/V YADRINA to Mathew Town. On 30 November 1984, UNIMAK seized the sailboat LOLA 100 miles north of Barranquilla, Colombia, carrying 1.5 tons of marijuana. Another drug bust occurred on 2 November 1985, when the UNIMAK seized tugboat ZEUS 3 and a barge 200 miles south of the Dominican Republic carrying 40 tons of marijuana.
After her return to the Navy in April of 1988, she was expended as an artificial reef off the Virginia coast.
Tuvalu 1990 30c sg579, scott544.
Dictionary of American Fighting Ships. USA Coastguard web-site. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Unimak_(AVP-31)
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